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Lewie Coyle’s development negates the need for Andy Yiadom

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Lewie Coyle’s development negates the need for Andy Yiadom

Leeds United welcome back Lewie Coyle from Fleetwood Town and should give him a first-team chance.

This season has seen Leeds United talent Lewie Coyle temporarily playing his football at League One side Fleetwood Town. After flirting with relegation for much of the season under the guidance of former Leeds boss Uwe Rosler the Cod Army eventually were led to safety by John Sheridan.

Coyle was pivotal to their success. The right-back played 48 times for the club this season and in their end of season awards was named the Player’s Player of the Season.

Fleetwood have now confirmed that Coyle will be returning to Leeds this summer. The 22-year-old will now hope to push on and become a permanent figure in the first-team under the management of Paul Heckingbottom.

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Which is where a problem may lie.

This summer Leeds are hotly tipped to be signing Barnsley full-back Andy Yiadom. Heckingbottom knows the Ghanaian international well and, with the Tykes relegated, it seems a deal is on the cards. His contract at Oakwell expires in June and Leeds are believed to be looking at signing him up on a free transfer.

The 26-year-old is, naturally, a right-back. Whilst he can also play on the left or as a makeshift winger, the right-back position is the one he calls home.

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It would mean Leeds have ample options in the right-back position. Luke Ayling has returned from injury, it is also Gaetano Berardi’s default position and Stuart Dallas has proved a good option in the role. Coyle would find himself, yet again, struggling to get a game.

The appeal with Yiadom is clear to see. He is versatile and cheap. Heckingbottom knows him well and clearly trusts him. Leeds signing him makes sense but not at the expense of Coyle. The young defender has done everything right this season to earn a shot at first-team football at Elland Road.

If Berardi is moved on, then perhaps there is room to bring in Yiadom as well – as the new utility back.

But Coyle, as a homegrown lad, will hopefully get preference over the signing of a new face at Leeds this summer.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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