A certain Leeds United player met a huge milestone this weekend, playing his 100th league game for his club. Weirdly, however, that club is not Leeds United.
The player in question is Lewie Coyle.
The versatile defender is currently on loan at Fleetwood Town for the third season in a row. At the weekend, the utility man played his 100th EFL game for the Cod Army against Blackpool, becoming the 13th player to achieve that feat.
— Fleetwood Town FC (@ftfc) December 8, 2019
It is quite an achievement for a player who is not even permanently contracted to the club.
Coyle, who last played for Leeds in a May 2017 clash against Wigan Athletic, was quickly deemed surplus to requirements by Marcelo Bielsa upon his arrival in 2018 and allowed to continue a loan spell at Highbury.
Now he has played 100 games for his current loan club it looks increasingly unlikely that he will have a long-term future at Elland Road.
The general consensus is that Fleetwood will soon make this deal permanent as he has become a vital part of Joey Barton’s plans at the club, despite initially being brought to the club by former Leeds boss Uwe Rosler.
It would certainly make sense, considering most people would now consider him a Fleetwood player and perhaps be surprised to learn he was still contracted to Leeds United.