Former Leeds United defender Ian Harte feels that in Charlie Taylor, Tyler Denton has the perfect mentor at Elland Road for the moment.

After impressing during pre-season, the 20-year-old made his debut in an EFL Cup game last month and scored the winner against Luton Town to earn a spot in the third round for Leeds.

It also led to Leeds offering him a new three-year deal, which he promptly signed, but Denton is yet to make his league debut for the club as Garry Monk has continued to prefer Taylor for the left-back position.

Harte, who also acts as the youngster’s agent, admits that Denton’s debut goal was a great moment for him, but feels that there is still a long way to go before the 20-year-old becomes a regular at Leeds.

And the Leeds legend is confident that there is no harm in Denton playing second fiddle to Taylor, who he believes can be a great mentor for the young left-back at Elland Road.  


“I was watching the scores coming through and when I saw he’d scored I was absolutely buzzing for him”, Harte told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“It was a great finish and the perfect way for things to go on your debut.

"But he’s got a long way to go and he knows that.

"It’s good for him that Charlie Taylor is still at the club.

“Charlie’s one of the best left-backs in the Championship and Tyler will learn a lot from him.”