Burnley have signed left back Charlie Taylor from Leeds United on a 4 year deal after he refused a new 2 year deal at his boyhood club. Taylor becomes Burnley’s first signing to reinforce their back line ahead of their 2nd season in the Premier League.
This is what Charlie Taylor thought of his move:
“It’s my first move permanently away from Leeds, so it’s something different for me but something I can’t wait to crack on with.”
“I’ve been there since I was nine and I knew it was the right time really. There were so many things that attracted me to Burnley; it ticks every box and it was a no-brainer really. That’s the huge attraction of the Premier League, just everything about it! Week in, week out you are playing teams like Chelsea and Manchester United, so I just can’t wait to get started.”
Fantasy Premier League Potential:
In the 2015/16 season, Charlie Taylor won Player of the Year with Leeds as they narrowly missed out on a playoff place. Playing 2,349 minutes of football last season in 29 appearances (26 of them being in the starting XI), shows that Burnley aren’t buying for a place on the bench. As he is only 23 years old he still his time to improve, but he will most likely be in the starting eleven for Burnley.
Taylor’s statistics for Leeds in the 2016/17 season are another reason to show why he was highly thought of. For example, in the 29 appearances he made he bagged 3 assists from left back, with a passing percentage of 77% (including crosses). With time to improve and age on his side, he could be a solid defender for the upcoming season for Fantasy Premier League managers. Taylor also seems to be a disciplined defender when it comes to tackling, with an average of 1.4 tackles per game and 0.5 fouls per game, showing that he knows when and how to win a ball, whilst only picking up 4 yellow cards.
With the only competition for his place coming from Stephen Ward and Ben Mee, it is likely we will see Taylor being priced around 4.5m to 5.0m, which could prove to be a decent rotation signing for FPL managers. Burnley’s opening fixtures follow: Chelsea (A), West Bromwich Albion (H), Totthenham Hotspur (A), Crystal Palace (H) & Liverpool (A).
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Written by James Milburn (@jamesmilburn95)