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Burnley Move Taylor-Made

Charlie's loving life at Turf Moor as he hopes to grab his chance

16 December 2017

Charlie Taylor admits he didn't expect to be joining a 'top-six' club in such a short space of time when he signed in the summer.

But the former Leeds United left-back - who could make a full Premier League debut at Brighton on Saturday - is not getting giddy with thoughts of Europe after waiting for his chance to contribute to the Clarets' cause.

Taylor, who replaced the injured Stephen Ward during Burnley's 1-0 win over Stoke City on Tuesday night which has lifted Sean Dyche's men into sixth spot, said: "You've got to take it one game at a time. It's hard to not think about the bigger picture and Europe.

"But there's a lot of games coming up and hard fixtures. We've just got to keep the run going and who knows where it will take us?

"I never thought when I signed here we'd be joint fourth coming up to  Christmas time. That's testament and credit to everyone involved.

"The manager has stressed it's just one game at a time really. We have gone on a good run, but still only halfway through the season. We've got to keep that up."

After six wins in eight games, the Clarets go to Brighton on Saturday to face a side without a win in six, with Taylor is hoping to play a part in Burnley's pursuit of a fifth away win of the campaign.

And even though he has so far been limited to a support act, the 24-year-old is loving life at Turf Moor and ready to step up.

Taylor added: "It's the best dressing room I've been in, in such high spirits and so tight as a group of lads.

"It makes coming in every day, even when I wasn't playing, still enjoyable because there's such a good mood.

"You can only pick 11 at a time, but training's good fun and keeps everyone on their toes.

"It's hard, but it's what you need and you reap the benefitswhen you step in when needed. No-one has looked out of shape.

"I'm not the only one that's had to wait for their chance. The back four we finished with against Stoke haven't played a lot of football, so credit that we kept  a clean sheet.

"There's a lot that have stepped in and done well. I don't know the extent of Wardy's injury but if I'm picked for Saturday it's about trying to keep your spot."


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