HEAD COACH Garry Monk insisted today that he was “very confident” left-back Charlie Taylor would stay with Leeds United beyond the close of the summer transfer window.
Taylor, 22, is out of contract in the summer of 2017 and formally asked for a transfer request last month after owner Massimo Cellino accused him of refusing to enter into talks about a new deal.
But Monk has continued to keep the faith with the defender who put in a strong performance during Saturday’s 2-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday which bagged Monk’s Whites their first three-point haul of the new Championship campaign.
United will now look to book their place in the EFL Cup third round by progressing past League Two hosts Luton Town on Tuesday, a game which comes four days before next Saturday’s Championship visit to Nottingham Forest.
Asked if he is was confident that Taylor would still be here in September, Monk insisted: “Yes. Very sure. It’s not even an issue for myself.
“You have seen Charlie’s performances and I thought he contributed very well so there’s no question of his attitude and commitment to what he is doing and what we are doing here and that’s the way it will remain.”
Taylor said after Saturday’s win at Hillsborough that he would leave his future in the hands of his agent, but Monk said: “His future is in the club’s hands. It’s in our hands.
“He is contracted to Leeds United and I thought you saw from Charlie’s performance how committed he has been.
“I thought he did very well again - he was focused on his team mates in helping the team and helping Leeds United and that’s the way it will be.”
Asked if United were likely to bring in any more new faces before the transfer window closes on August 31, Monk said: “I think when that window is closed we have to be happy that we have the squad capable of being very competitive in this league.
“Of course we are still looking to strengthen and we still could maybe do with a little bit more strengthening which I am sure the club is working very hard on behind the scenes.
“But I am very focused on my group and improving them.
“They are the most important part to me right now.”