Leeds United confirmed today that Tyler Denton will spend the season out on loan at League 2 side Port Vale. The 21 year old defender will get plenty of first team opportunities for the Staffordshire club.
While Denton has officially gone out on loan to Port Vale, he will be unable to feature for them on Wednesday when Port Vale visit Elland Road in the League Cup, but he will be eligible to play in their next League Two game against Wycombe.
Denton had been predicted to go out on loan to Port Vale last week, and this comes after the young defender had inked a brand new three year extension to his contract keeping him at the club until 2020.
Goal 6) vs Luton Town, ⚽️ Tyler Denton Kenilworth Road 23/08/16 pic.twitter.com/2lon4Q2Ang— Jack (@JackLUFC0410) August 24, 2016
Denton is an Academy product, having risen through the ranks at Thorp Arch. He joins a number of young players that have come up through the ranks at the club, including Kalvin Phillips and Ronaldo Vieira. He has yet to appear in a League game for Leeds, although he has appeared three times last season during Cup matches. He even made time to score a goal against Luton Town in the League Cup last season.
Even though Gaetano Berardi was injured in the last fixture, currently the fullback position is still crowded at Leeds, with Manchester United left back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson officially joining the club on loan today. Denton was likely to rarely see the pitch except for Cup matches or the occasional bench appearance. Denton is a player for the future, even if he’s not breaking into the team right now. The best thing for him right now is to get regular first-team football and he’s progressing to the point where spending time in the Academy will not get him the experience he needs to progress. Hopefully the loan spell at Port Vale will get him the playing time he needs to take over the left back position in the near future.