Finally, the seemingly never-ending Taylor saga is coming to a close; and I for one, am glad. Not that Leeds have lost a quality fullback, but that the unceremonious fall-out from his refusal to play against Wigan Athletic in the last game of the 2016/17 season can now be put to bed. Having made this ill-advised decision and effectively abandoning the club in the process, Taylor became unwelcome at Elland Road despite the Whites offering him a new 2-year contract back in May. Ever since then, his departure from Leeds has been a given and following weeks of speculation, no-one will be shocked that Burnley is his chosen destination.
Earlier today, Burnley FC took to Twitter to officially announce the signing in a short video weirdly reminiscent of a Calvin Klein ad, which for some unknown reason, you can even watch in slow-motion on Burnley’s official site.
SIGNING | Introducing the newest addition to the Clarets... pic.twitter.com/t43hobpZWZ— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) July 6, 2017
The deal will make Taylor a Burnley player for the next 4 years, but the details surrounding the fee owed to Leeds United are not yet clear, as a compensation fee is ‘yet to be agreed’.
Despite Taylor being out of contract at Leeds, the Whites are still owed compensation from the transfer and may play hardball for a sizeable figure. Today’s statement from LUFC has said that ‘should an agreement not be made, we will enter into a tribunal process’ meaning the deal could be dragged out a lot longer than either party would desire.
'Leeds are allegedly looking for more than the £5 million that it was rumoured that West Brom were willing to pay for him’, and a sum in this ballpark would go a long way to funding some of the impending transfers hinted at by Head Coach Thomas Christiansen yesterday.
Taylor, 23, joins a host of Leeds academy players to move on to the Premier League in recent years, yet his troublesome final few months at Elland Road have cast a murky shadow over what could have been a mutually agreeable deal. Leeds fans bombarded Twitter to wish him well (or not-so-well), as it seems his exit has been greeted with a bitter ‘good riddance’. While most fans understand and respect his decision to move on, the way he conducted his departure has left a bad taste in many supporters' mouths.
Now the deal is done, let’s hope to get the money we deserve for what many believe to be a future England star.