Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Lewie Coyle has admitted that he will have to prove to Leeds United that he is good enough for a first-team opportunity during his season-long loan with Fleetwood Town in Sky Bet League One.
With the likes of Luke Ayling and Gaetano Berardi competing for the right-back berth in Thomas Christiansen’s Leeds side, the Championship outfit opted to hand Coyle the opportunity to spend the 2017/18 campaign out on-loan.
Fleetwood was Coyle’s destination, and the defender has already made a positive impact, featuring in all 11 League One fixtures, helping Uwe Rosler’s side to ninth in the table.
Coyle, who signed a new deal with Leeds ahead of his loan, has picked up the man-of-the-match award on numerous occasions during his time at the Highbury Stadium.
Looking ahead to the rest of the season with Fleetwood, and his future at Leeds, the 21-year-old said: “The aim for me is to help Fleetwood go up this season but also to play well enough to go back to Leeds and put myself in the shop window for the manager there.
“I’m a very ambitious person and I don’t like settling for second best but I’m realistic as well. I know I have to play and I know I have to do well (at Fleetwood). I’ve got to show that I’m good enough.”
Coyle was part of the Fleetwood side who recorded their sixth victory of the season on Saturday, as Rosler’s side edged past Plymouth Argyle to move within one point of the play-off zone.
Fleetwood are back in action this coming weekend, when they welcome Rochdale to the Highbury Stadium, ahead of back-to-back away fixtures against Scunthorpe United and Shrewsbury Town.
Leeds have some excellent options at right-back already, and when Coyle returns next summer, they will face a tough call when selecting who will be first choice.
Ayling is one of the Championship’s standout right-backs, but Coyle has the potential to go far in the game and will be itching for a regular opportunity at Elland Road.
Berardi’s versatility means he is also a valued member of Leeds’ squad.
Despite a selection headache looming, it is not a bad position for Leeds to be in.
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