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Lewie Coyle’s form at Fleetwood Town will give Leeds United hope

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Lewie Coyle’s form at Fleetwood Town will give Leeds United hope

The right-back is in fine form and has helped Fleetwood move away from the drop zone.

After battling for promotion to the Championship last season Fleetwood Town have found this campaign far more difficult. Most of the season they have been battling relegation and sacked Uwe Rosler in February after seven straight defeats.

Since John Sheridan arrived as the new manager the Cod Army have turned things around. They are currently 15th in League One and eight points clear of the dropzone. One of the main reasons behind their upturn in form has been the rediscovery of their defensive rigidity.

Fleetwood have not conceded in their last four outings and one player key to that success is Leeds United loanee Lewie Coyle.

Sutton United’s Ghanaian defender Kevin Amankwaah (L) vies with Leeds United’s English defender Lewie Coyle during the English FA Cup fourth round football match between Sutton United and Leeds United at the Borough Sports Ground in London on January 29, 2017. / AFP / Adrian DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The right-back has found some excellent form in recent weeks and fans at Highbury have been impressed with his performances of late.

Leeds fans will be pleased to hear as much, as Coyle does have the ability to become a future first-teamer at Elland Road.

Coyle made his debut for Leeds under Steve Evans back in December 2015 and has often been cited as one of the better players to emerge from the academy in recent years. He came through at the same time as players such as Charlie Taylor, Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt – all of whom have since moved on.

With Luke Ayling and Gaetano Berardi blocking his path to the first-team Coyle headed to Fleetwood on loan in the summer, joining former Leeds boss Rosler. It has been an excellent experience for the player. Coyle has played over 40 games this season and perhaps most importantly has managed to stay fit – after niggling injuries beset his early Leeds breakthrough.

Fleetwood Town’s English defender Lewie Coyle (L) vies with Leicester City’s English midfielder Demarai Gray during the English FA Cup third round football match between Fleetwood Town and Leicester City at Highbury Stadium in Fleetwood, north west England on January 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The feeling at Elland Road is obviously one of hope with Coyle. Before he headed out on loan he signed a new deal until 2020 and Leeds must, therefore, feel that Coyle has a long-term future in the game.

The development of players into the Leeds United first-team is paramount to the success at Elland Road. Coyle has recently shown just what he can do and throughout the season has been one of Fleetwood’s more consistent performers.

A future at Leeds United is more than attainable for the talented defender.

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

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