Leeds United right-back Lewie Coyle has today joined Fleetwood Town on a season-long loan in what looks to be a great move for both parties. Rising through the Academy to captain the U-21s side, Coyle has struggled for game-time in the first team, making just 10 appearances in all competitions last season. A move to League One, and to ex-Leeds boss Uwe Rosler, should provide Coyle with the first team experience he needs to start fulfilling his obvious potential.
Rosler believes Coyle is a perfect fit for Fleetwood, and being part of a promising squad, encouraged by their recent playoff semi-final appearance, will hopefully instill confidence and a winning mentality into this bright, young player. Who knows, he could return and challenge the ever-present Luke Ayling for the right-back position.
In a week which has seen a platitude of incoming transfer rumours, Coyle’s new 3-year contract and subsequent loan away from Elland Road suggests a sense of balance and is a promising example of the improving cultivation of Leeds’s abundant young talent. If we are ever going to have a stable future, nurturing the Academy's hottest prospects is certainly a good place to start.
The switch, however, leaves Leeds short of cover at right-back, meaning another dive into the transfer market may be necessary for Victor Orta and Thomas Christiansen. Although nothing concrete has been confirmed yet, rumours have circulated today that the club is apparently interested in Welsh international Chris Gunter, however Middlesbrough still look the most likely to gain his signature.
Regardless of who comes in to replace 21-year-old Coyle, many positives can be taken from his move to Fleetwood as the club looks to build for a brighter future.
Good luck Lewie!