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Leeds defender Lewie Coyle would be perfect understudy to Luke Ayling next season

Leeds United will welcome defender Lewie Coyle back this summer after another loan spell with Fleetwood Town, where he caught the eye with some impressive displays in League One.

The 23-year-old full-back was an ever-present in a team that finished mid-table and he continued to develop.

He made 45 appearances across all competitions this season and chipped in with four assists.

The Englishman is a right-back by trade that is most effective in that position, but has the versatility to slot in on the left or even in midfield.

Coyle has continued to dazzle out on loan and giving him a first-team shot next year at Elland Road would be a wise decision.

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Marcelo Bielsa’s squad could be quite formidable if Coyle is the understudy to senior player Luke Ayling at right-back next season.

That would allow emergency right-back options Stuart Dallas, Jamie Shackleton and Gaetano Berardi to compete in other areas of the pitch.

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Coyle is untested under Bielsa after leaving on loan last summer shortly after his arrival, but could be a strong fit under the Argentinian boss.

He’s got an incredible work-rate that sees him bomb up and down the flank.

Ayling, 27, should still be the number one option for Leeds as the right-sided defender next term, but Coyle could be a great back-up and would get his fair share of chances over the course of a long season.

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