Well, it’s not really curious. It’s typical, to be honest. 

Sam Byram to West Ham for £3.7m. Lewis Cook to Bournemouth for £6m (and rising to around £10m based on appearances).

That’s two of our finest talents of the last five years sold for adequate – although not substantial – fees. Add into that mix Ross McCormack, Robert Snodgrass, Jonny Howson and Max Gradel (admittedly, not all of these players were home-grown), and what you have is half of a Championship-beating squad.

Of course, losing players to grander heights is a part of football. After all, who can blame any player for wanting to play at a higher level, or for more money, or both?

The Curious Case of Charlie Taylor then is worth keeping an eye on. The 22-year old has been Leeds’ number one left-back for two seasons now. He has pocketed several wingers during that time and he has chipped in with his fair share of assists and goals; and nobody can argue that his performances for Leeds United last season were anything but exemplary. Despite the lad missing the start of the season due to Glandular Fever, he rallied to put in a season-wide performance worthy of winning the YEP United Player of the Year Award and the 2015/16 Leeds United Player of the Year Award.

Taylor’s best quality, however, is his stamina and his desire to win the ball everywhere on the pitch. He is, as Uwe Rosler said, a “machine”. He is a player that Leeds United must keep hold of to push for a play-off place. He is a player that would improve any defence in Championship.

His exploits have not gone unnoticed though.

Premier League outfit West Brom are rumoured to be seriously considering making a move either now or during the January transfer window. Rumours suggest that a bid of £5m to £6m would secure his services. Taylor, I would argue, is worth more than that. However, that kind of cash flow would tempt Massimo Cellino into letting a deal go forward.

It also doesn’t help that Cellino has publicly lambasted Taylor for his silence over contract talks. Cellino said in an interview recently that he won’t let Taylor go now or whilst he is under contract. He went as far as to say that he would rather see him leave for “free” next season than now. That bitterness has, in my opinion, ended any hope of Taylor signing a new contract with Leeds United. And that’s a real shame.

Taylor, of course, deserves better. He works incredibly hard. He is a proper footballer. He deserves a new contract that is befitting of his talent. But the fact is this – Cellino is a cheap-skate who wants to pay peanuts for gold. We are, as a result, going to lose Taylor. Maybe not now, and maybe not in January. But definitely by this time next year.

Life without Charlie Taylor would of course go on. Who knows, maybe we’d be able to bag a fantastic replacement? We also have the lad for the forthcoming season, so that’s something to look forward to. But I must stress the importance of preparing yourself to lose Taylor within the next 12-months. Cellino has berated the lad and it’s quite obvious that he’s not appreciated by the power’s above.

I will close by saying that I sincerely hope that Charlie Taylor will decide to stick with Leeds for another year or two. So if you’re reading this, Charlie, take to heart the love Leeds United fans all over the world have for you. You are appreciated. But we also get it if you must move on. And if that’s the case, fellow Whites fans’, let’s just pray that Cellino gets his wallet out, because some serious money will be needed to bag another player like Charlie Taylor.

MOT.

  • John Brown

    C’mon Celloni! Shit or get off the pot. If there’s a Steve Gibson out there for us, step forward, this is your time! Following Leeds now is frustrating like following a Fiat Bambino towing a caravan in the fast lane with Massimo Cellino at the wheel.

    • Ranger

      give it a rest John..let wait another week or so,then see where we are

  • Tim S

    That’s not totally fair. The problem is not with Charlie Taylor but with his agent who you will remember is also Sam Byram’s agent. He and Cellino have already had a spat last season. I am sure Cellino would want Taylor to stay and sign up but his agent may have other ideas.
    Also, money talks and we just can’t compete with Premiership or parachute payment clubs where young players can set themselves up for life on a three year contract.
    Promotion and everything changes, but how to get there on a shoestring………………………………?
    UPDATE: Taylor says he is not signing a contract just now which in my language means he will be gone very soon. Frankly, if a player doesn’t want to stay we move on. However, this will continue as we continue to develop talent until we are promoted.

    • Ranger

      let him go..we can replace him with an experienced Player and still End up same place we would with him..

      • Matthew

        Where’s the Lewis Cook replacement? We’ve sold our best player and have replaced with erm… er… who?

        • tom

          exactly, spot on. look at our track record with replacements, if anybody can name one, especially under the cellino era, id like to hear it

          • Matthew

            More concerning is the size of the first team squad. People should be asking why a club the size of Leeds United has a tiny squad size. Even worse when you take away the loans.

          • Ranger

            Tiny??? come on stop exaggerating..in midfield ,Dallas, Mowatt, Roofe, Sacko-Murphy, Grimes Philips etc. etc
            forwards: Wood & Antonsson…your telling me we are lacking quality..2 of the Midfielders can play as strikers ..have some faith and some patience..

          • Matthew

            Exaggerating? We’re lacking cover in key areas. Any number of factors could really screw this team if we don’t have the players. CB for example.

          • Ranger

            yes,your correct,,hopefully by August 6th we will have that sorted

          • Ranger

            so true but im hoping soon it will be sorted come August 6th

          • Ranger

            we bought a few Attacking Midfielders before Cook left…I think they
            knew Cook was leaving ..we are much stronger with those 3 Players than
            having Cook. but the season hasn’t yet started and with on-going-deals
            still going on..sacko will prove a huge player for us so will roofe, and
            Mowatt back will give us extra goals which Cook never did,Grimes is
            another good addition known already to Monk and might be seen as a
            replacement..and Antonsson up front..we still have a few more to
            join..we must look at every area of the field not one which Cook left us
            in..we have improved in other key areas which will make Cook departure
            less troubling than some are anticipating.. be Positive we have one of
            the best Managers around.. then we have Dallas to come back also..we
            are not too short of Players really..we just need to add a few more

        • Ranger

          we bought a few Attacking Midfielders before Cook left…I think they knew Cook was leaving ..we are much stronger with those 3 Players than having Cook. but the season hasn’t yet started and with on-going-deals still going on..sacko will prove a huge player for us so will roofe, and Mowatt back will give us extra goals which Cook never did,Grimes is another good addition known already to Monk and might be seen as a replacement..and Antonsson up front..we still have a few more to join..we must look at every area of the field not one which Cook left us in..we have improved in other key areas which will make Cook departure less troubling than some are anticipating.. be Positive we have one of the best Managers around.. then we have Dallas to come back also..we are not too short of Players really..we just need to add a few more..

        • Ranger

          I know that Matt,just wait till 5th August I think we can then asses clearer where we are

      • Ranger

        I think another 3 will join by the time kick off will have started..im hopeful

      • Ranger

        Just hoping the rumors are true about the Chinese take over..then we can all relax and look forward

    • Matthew

      Can anyone genuinely see promotion with Cellino at the helm? This squad still needs 4-5 decent additions to challenge. We’ll be mid table until Cellinos selling nature weakens the squad enough to get us relegated to league 1.

      • Ranger

        Dallas, Mowatt, Roofe,
        Sacko-Murphy, Grimes Philips
        etc.

        forward

        Wood & Antonsson…your telling me we are
        lacking quality..2 of the Midflielders can play as strikers

        • Matthew

          Lacking defensively and in the midfield(Cook replacement).

          • Ranger

            Correct…im hoping thy will buy to 4 more by the 6th of August..if the Chinese thing happen,then w can all celebrate….hoping!!!

          • Ranger

            I meant 3 or 4 more to join

        • Harry

          Hernandez confirmed, good number 10

    • tom

      nothing to do with promotion, purely to do with the ambition of Leeds united, or lack of it. along with cellino adament on paying low wages. we let the championships best player go two seasons ago, in ross mccormack.

      if cellino was serious about leeds he would have built a team around him, cook, taylor.

  • Chareose

    mate we normally see eye to eye and although the way Cellino has run the club is undoubtedly part of the reason Taylor wants out I think its also about following on the coat tails of his mates to the premiership, way bigger wages than leeds could offer and a club in a higher division…….. as much as it peeves me to say it, it might not be completely down to cellino offering crap wages

    For me after the comments by the ceo today about taylor refusing to even discuss a new contract i think we should try to buy Rico Henry, if we can get him then sell Taylor as there is no point keeping players that dont want to be here, not at a proud if lowly club like Leeds (Fuck em)

    The dream of having a core made up by home grown players has gone………..i think the rot set in after the byram fiasco and after that they made their minds up to leave en mass regardless

    Ofcourse the reality is Cellino wont buy Rico henry to replace Taylor …it will be some shite unknown…….

    Monk has obviously got the final say on who signs as the comments from Phill hays interviews suggest hes turned down proposed transfers that were arranged by Mansford or cellino because he didnt fancy the players in question and given the latest links poor old Monk is probably sighing into his tea

    • Chareose

      by the way if the taylor money goes the same way as the cook money and we do buy cheap rubbish to replace him then that will tell you that without doubt cellino genuinely has absolutely no ambition to get leeds promoted…….. simply keeping the club ticking over….nothing more

      obviously i hope thats not the case because i like garry monk and i think if he was supported he’d do it for us

    • chris

      well said ..but if he go,I’m sure we will get a like with like replacement ..let hope Mowatt signs on..I think he will..

      • Chareose

        Other than Henry I havent seen any player in Taylors class below the prem…………there might be one or two abroad i guess but unless we can replace him with top quality i think we should hold on until we can…………….

    • tom

      Open your eyes, no player wants to stay at an unambitious club, whether theyre home grown or not. quality young players will stand by championship clubs as long as they show the ambition to get to the premier league (Derby County) to name one.

      we leeds fans are once again clutching at straws, nobody can honestly say that the squad is capable of getting near a top 6 finish.

      Cellino is a spoilt brat, who has grown up with getting everything he wants from daddys pocket. no different now. its always somebody elses fault. its his poor management from top to bottom. players are disillusioned with the whole fiasco at leeds and clearly think its shambolic.

  • Matthew

    The lack of ambition at the club and the shambolic reign of Massimo Cellino would make anyone look for the nearest exit. Buy hey, I wonder how many court cases the Taylor money will pay for?

  • My own view is Cellino will sell Taylor fairly soon to pay some more bills…. tick over this season while hoping we finish in a top six by luck more than his top end management. The Club is definitely up for sale and Cellino has only got this season to get out. He can’t sustain the losses and there is no more money. He’s trapped by the family trust and GFH… I’m not a Cellino hater, I just wish for the future he would go back to his real roots and stop pretending he has the ‘all’ to own a Club the size of Leeds.

    • Matthew

      Cellino should be funding his court cases out of his own pocket, not the clubs money. Pretty much all of them were entirely avoidable. The costly Macron one for example, we could have kept Macron til the end of the contract before swapping to Kappa. That would have saved the club a fair bit of money.

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