Losing Taylor might not be as bad as first feared for Leeds United

Stoke City are keeping tabs on Leeds United left-back Charlie Taylor ahead of a potential swoop this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

What’s the word?

The 23-year-old was linked with a move away from Elland Road last summer after it became clear that he was not going to sign a new contract.

Liverpool were once rumoured to be keen on capturing the Englishman, and now the Daily Mail claims that Stoke are eyeing a move.

Taylor is believed to be one of many targets, including Andrew Robertson and Josh Tymon, so their interest is not set in stone.

However, a positive factor for potential suitors is that the full-back will come to the end of his Leeds contract this summer.

Should Leeds fight to keep him?

In instances when a player has a matter of months left on his contract, there is not much that a club can do if their mind has already been made up.

Earlier in the season, the thought of losing Taylor was disastrous considering his impressive form, but his injury setback may have been a blessing in disguise.

The young footballer was sidelined in January and a few weeks ago made his return to action.

During that time Gaetano Berardi stepped up and impressed in the role, and has managed to keep his place in the side despite Taylor’s return.

Because of Berardi’s form and the fact that Leeds continued their promotion charge without him, losing Taylor in the summer may not be that damaging.