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Leeds United Want This Belgian Youngster To Replace Taylor; A Good Move?

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Pranjal Bhawal
Pranjal is the co-owner of The 4th Official. While he completed law from Department of Law, University of Calcutta, his passion always remained in football and that is where he finally ended up at.

Gone are those days when Leeds United used to be one of the giants of English football. The Whites have been struggling in the Championship for a long time and now Garry Monk has been brought in to the club to put an end to the fans’ frustrations. Leeds United have consistently lost services of their best players in the recent years Lewis Cook being the latest player to move away. Unless situations improve really soon, Leeds United have to get used to the fact that their best players will keep on moving out of the club.

Leeds United are having to get used to the fact that they may need to brace themselves for life without Charlie Taylor, and according to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, via Sport Witness, they are targeting a replacement in Benfica youngster Alexis Scholl.

Reports earlier this week claimed that Taylor and his representatives had handed in a written transfer request as he looks to force a move to the Premier League from Elland Road. Leeds, therefore, have to look for replacements of the 22-year-old left-back and Scholl is the player Monk wants to replace the wantaway defender.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: Charlie Taylor of Leeds clears the ball from Joey Barton of Burnley during the Sky Bet Championship match between Burnley and Leeds United at Turf Moor on April 9, 2016 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
BURNLEY, ENGLAND – APRIL 09: Charlie Taylor of Leeds clears the ball from Joey Barton of Burnley during the Sky Bet Championship match between Burnley and Leeds United at Turf Moor on April 9, 2016 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

The 20-year-old is a Belgian under-19 international who operates as a left-sided full-back for Benfica B. The Belgian has played just 3 times for the Portuguese side till date and was shipped out on loan to Gent last year. The move was a big failure as the 20-year-old could manage to get only 68 minutes game time for the Belgian side and quite expectedly Gent did not exercise their option to buy him.

The youngster is unlikely to get his breakthrough to the first team of Benfica coming season and could be lured to a move away. He has featured for his country at both under-17 and under-19 level and is regarded as a potential future talent in Belgium in particular.

Leeds are in no place where they can afford to take any risk. Scholl’s lack of experience makes him a player who would come with a significantly big risk. They should go for a player who has decent first-team experience at least in League One or Championship. Under Monk, Leeds are supposed to move for bigger names and have done so by bringing a player like Pablo Hernandez to the club. A deal for Scholl is something Monk should avoid.

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