Yesterday saw Leeds United confirm the departure of one of their players for the upcoming campaign. Lewie Coyle will spend at least half of next season on loan at Fleetwood Town.
Of course the 22-year-old is known to the Cod Army. He spent last season with the club after being targeted by ex-Leeds boss Uwe Rosler. His performances earned him the Players Player of the Year award and he now joins up with new Fleetwood manager Joey Barton.
Coyle took to Twitter to say goodbye to Leeds and hello to Fleetwood for the time being, with many Leeds fans responding:
Delighted to be back @ftfc great club and again giving me the opportunity to come here and have what will hopefully be a very successful season for all involved. Best of luck to the lads @LUFC for the upcoming season??????
— Lewie Coyle (@LewieCoyle) June 27, 2018
Best of luck feel you deserve a chance and really disappointed you wasn’t given at least pre season!! Imo you should have been recalled last Jan and you would have been able to nail a place in team
— Damian Staniforth (@Damo_1983) June 27, 2018
Top player best of luck see you back at Leeds in new year MOT.
— Roger Cartwright (@rogercart57) June 28, 2018
Glad you’re going back where you already fit in, but hope you’re back soon. M. O. T.
— Alistair Walker (@8ballali) June 27, 2018
Good luck lewie was hoping you would get a chance this year with us but there’s always next season ??
— Sean McAteer (@mcateer_sean) June 27, 2018
Bide your time mate, el loco will realise what he’s missing
— Jake hirst (@Jakeehirst) June 27, 2018
Was looking forward to getting you back at Leeds mate,I think they’ve made a mistake, but good luck, prove em wrong.
— MMA-Tank (@MMAeyes) June 27, 2018
It certainly appears as though Leeds fans are unsure why Coyle has been let go. He was fantastic for Fleetwood last season and could have tread a path to first-team football at Elland Road this term. It was a pathway that certainly did no harm to former Leeds left-back Charlie Taylor.
With Gaetano Berardi struggling recently and Luke Ayling only just recovered from an ankle injury, it seems odd to let Coyle go when he is in the best form of his career.
Not only that, but Coyle is capable of playing as a wing-back. If Marcelo Bielsa adopts his usual 3-4-3 approach that could have come in extremely useful.
Leeds fans will, of course, wish Coyle all the best at Fleetwood next term. But they will no doubt be hoping another right-sided defender arrives to justify the decision.