In what has already been a summer of departures at Leeds United, Tyler Denton has become the latest player to walk through the exit door at Elland Road.
On Thursday morning the club confirmed that the defender had signed for League Two side Stevenage for an undisclosed fee, ending his long association with the Elland Road side.
It is an interesting move that Leeds have made in allowing Denton to leave Elland Road, and we’ve taken a more in-depth look at that decision here, in our latest six-point opinion piece.
Firstly, who is Tyler Denton?
“A 23-year-old left-back, Denton graduated through the ranks of Leeds’ academy, eventually making his way into the first team in 2014.
“First team opportunities have been hard to come by for Denton however, with the former England Under 17 international making just three first-team appearances for the Elland Road side, all of which came in the domestic cup competitions.
“He has gained experienced elsewhere in the Football League, however, having spent the first half of 2017/18 season on loan in League Two at Port Vale, before spending the entirety of the 2018/19 campaign with League One Peterborough, making 14 appearances in all competitions for the Posh.”
Have there been any other similar moves from Leeds this summer?
“There have been plenty of similar transfers like this during the current window, with a number of younger fringe players leaving Elland Road for pastures new.
“There have also been some loan moves out of the club for those players who have struggled for senior opportunities, with striker Jay-Roy Grot joining Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, and Lewie Coyle making a third loan move to League One outfit Fleetwood Town.”
What does this all suggest about Leeds’ current approach to the squad?
“It seems very much like a fine-tuning assignment.
“The club are evidently keen to move a number of these fringe players on given they seem unlikely to be getting many opportunities at Elland Road anytime soon.
“That way Leeds will have a smaller squad to focus, and one made up of the players that they seem to feel will be capable of helping them to complete for promotion to the Premier League.”
So is this the right move for Leeds?
“It would seem so.
“As well as allowing the club to focus on those first-team players who they apparently feel can make an impact, this move also frees up space in the squad and wage budget for potential new signings.
“That in itself will allow the club to further strengthen the squad, further boosting their hopes of ending that long wait for a return to the Premier League.”
And is this the right move for Denton?
“You would think so.
“At 23-years-old the left-back is approaching the peak years of his career, and he is unlikely to want to spend them stuck on the sidelines or in an academy team at Leeds.
“This way he is able to experience first-team football, on what you imagine will be a more regular basis than before, while the fact that this is a permanent move should at least provide some more long term certainty for the defender than another loan move would.”
Finally, how will Leeds fans be feeling about moves such as these?
“You imagine there will be somewhat mixed feelings amongst Leeds fans.
“On the one hand, you feel there will be some disappointment at the missed opportunity to see a young homegrown make his way into the club’s first team, something which is always popular amongst a side’s fanbase.
“However, if that does allow the club the extra funds and space needed to bring in the sort of signings capable of helping the club push towards promotion, then it is possible that that will be a sacrifice they are willing to make.”