Leeds haven’t had a great season on the pitch but Lewie Coyle has. The on loan full-back has been brilliant at Fleetwood Town and has helped them steer clear of relegation after a poor start under Uwe Rosler. Last night Coyle took home the Players’ Player and Fleetwood Juniors Player of the Year award, rounding off a very good year personally.
Coyle joined Fleetwood on loan at the start of the season with a tough route into the Leeds first-team seemingly too much this season with Luke Ayling and Gaetano Berardi both in front of him in the pecking order and Vurnon Anita also arriving. As we now know that hasn’t worked out well at all, Luke Ayling picking up a season ending injury in January, Berardi serving 12 games worth of bans for red cards and Vurnon Anita flopping like wet bread. We have ended up using Stuart Dallas at right-back for a lot of the season and that is simply ridiculous when Coyle has been performing so well at Fleetwood. The most bizarre thing is that Thomas Christiansen refused to recall Coyle in January.
Coyle will be returning to Leeds full of confidence and for me he is coming back as a direct competitor for Luke Ayling who is currently our best-right back by some way. The development of Lewie Coyle has been a welcome bonus for Leeds in a season where the experienced players at the club threw in the towel at the turn of the year and Coyle, a leader on the pitch in the way he plays despite his age will be hoping for a big pre-season under Paul Heckingbottom. This year will have done him the world of good and I fully expect him to play a big part in pre-season and the 18/19 season at Leeds United.