Crystal Palace are believed to be weighing up a January move for Leeds left-back Charlie Taylor, following an impressive start to the Championship season from the 22-year-old.
This piece gives a decent level of insight into why Crystal Palace are keen to bring Taylor to Selhurst Park, whilst also explaining why Pardew and co. will be confident of securing a deal for him, should they wish to follow up their interest in the coming weeks.
Having made his league debut for Leeds against Crystal Palace in September of 2011, Taylor has gone on to enjoy loan spells with the likes of Bradford City, York City, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Fleetwood Town, before returning to Elland Road for the 2014/15 season and becoming a regular in the side.
Having initially found himself behind Stephen Warnock in the pecking order, Taylor took the opportunity afforded to him when the former Leeds captain sustained an injury, taking his place in the side and holding onto it ever since. Taylor’s grip on the position has grown so strong that Warnock, who had previously been an ever-present presence in the starting XI, was subsequently sold to Derby County.
Having been converted into a left-winger by previous Leeds boss Neil Redfearn, Taylor’s reputation within the game continued to grow, and after being nominated for the club’s Young Player of the Year award, he, alongside the likes of Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and Sam Byram were all rumoured to be in line for an imminent move to the Premier League.
The article attached above highlights the reasons behind Palace’s apparent interest in Taylor and gives a decent level of insight into why Pardew and co. will feel relatively confident in their ability to pull off a deal, should they decide to push ahead with the plans to bring him to Selhurst Park.
He may not be the 20 goal a season striker that we’re all so desperately hoping will arrive in SE25 this January, but as the club look to strengthen their already solid foundations in the top flight, they could do far worse than Taylor, who at first glance, looks to have all the talent needed to grow into a Premier League defender in years to come.