Grezza delighted to keep Charlie at Town

Charlie Taylor
Charlie Taylor

Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander is delighted to have kept hold on loan ace Charlie Taylor until January.

Town agreed a deal with the 20-year-old’s parent club Leeds United to extend his initial month-long loan.

It will keep the left-back at Highbury until the New Year.

Alexander said: “I spoke to Brian McDermott on Monday morning and told him we were keen to keep hold of Charlie.

“He’s been really great for us since arriving and has settled in really well.

“Leeds are happy to see him playing and happy for him to stay with us.”

Taylor, a product of the youth system at Elland Road, has been with Fleetwood since the middle of last month, making his debut in the 2-0 defeat at Southend.

He has started every game since joining Graham Alexander’s side, winning the man of the match award against Scunthorpe in his first game at Highbury.

“He’s come in and made that place his own,” said Alexander.

“His first game was down at Southend, and even though we didn’t get the right result that night we could see Charlie was a quality player.

“He was great for us in that game and has impressed in every game since.

“He’s a player I know Brian McDermott rates very highly and he’s shown just why since joining us. He has got better with every game he has played and we’re delighted to have been able to extend his loan.”

Alexander was well aware of the quality Taylor would bring to his table-topping squad but has been impressed with the way the youngster had adapted.

“We knew what Charlie would bring to us in terms of his ability,” said the Town boss.

“The concern we had was over how he would fit in and handle the move.

“But he’s really done well and shown what a good player he is.”

It’s a case of one in, one out at Fleetwood, Taylor’s extended loan allowing fellow full-back Dean Howell to make the move to League Two rivals Bury.

He joins Shaun Beeley in the Gigg Lane squad, the Shakers having made an approach for the former Crawley Town defender who is now in his second loan spell with the club.

Alexander explained: “We had an enquiry from Bury on Friday.

“We wanted the weekend to talk it over with Dean.

“As soon as we knew Charlie was going to be able to stay with us we were able to let him go over there.

“He’ll get games, which is what he needs. It’s a good move for Dean.”

Town won’t be short of cover at left-back with Conor McLaughlin, who filled in for Liam Hogan at right-back in the second half of Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Newport, able to play on either side.

Stephen Jordan is also close to a return to fitness – a further boost for the Fleetwood boss.

Alexander said: “We won’t be short. We’ve got Conor McLaughlin who can play at right or left-back.

“Stephen Jordan isn’t far away now.

“He’s back on the grass, working with (club physio) Luke Bussey. He’s making good progress.”

Town, who went top of League Two for the first time on Saturday thanks to their win over Newport, take a break from League action over the next seven days.

On Saturday they travel to Cheltenham Town’s Whaddon Road ground to face Gloucester City in the first round of the FA Cup.

Then they return to Highbury, where they face Carlisle United on Wednesday night, live on Sky TV, in the area quarter-finals of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.