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.
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.
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.