'Biggest regret of my career' - Ex-Leeds star makes admission about 2017 exit
Burnley full-back Charlie Taylor has admitted that the way he left Leeds United in 2017 is the “biggest regret” of his career.
Taylor, 26, was one of the best players to emerge from Leeds’ academy during his time at the club and that, unsurprisingly, led to a lot of interest from Premier League clubs.
Amid that interest, the York-born defender decided to wind down his contract despite efforts being made to tie him down at Elland Road.
Leeds only received a compensation fee when Taylor eventually left Yorkshire to join Burnley in the summer of 2017 and fans were furious that a so-called Leeds fan could quit the club in such a manner.
Taylor has now come out to admit that the way he exited Elland Road was not ideal, but he is still glad that he joined Burnley and hopes to play the Whites in the Premier League next season.
“I loved my time there, but the way it ended was the biggest regret of my career and, if I could go back and change it, I would.
“I don’t have any regrets about signing for Burnley because I think I was proved right in the way things have worked out for me.
“I made the decision with my head rather than my heart because I didn’t know whether I’d get the chance again to play in the Premier League.
“I still live over that way and I get plenty of stick when I’m out in town, but I am still a Leeds fan and I’d love to go back there next season to play them in the Premier League, I really would.”
Taylor’s reputation among Leeds fans has been ruined, with a lot still angry with the way he quit the club just to join Burnely.
Yes, the Clarets are an established Premier League club with a good manager and even qualified for Europe not long ago.
However, does that really beat playing for the team you grew up supporting?
It’s not as if Leeds have been miles away from Burnley’s level.
Promotion did not look too likely before Taylor left but it wasn’t impossible and the 26-year-old really should have stuck around or at least signed a contract so the Whites could make some good money off him.
In other Leeds United news, fans have raved about one player for his display on Saturday despite the defeat against Wigan.