This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
Lewie Coyle is having a fantastic loan spell at Fleetwood right under everybody’s nose.
We’ve covered his time in the north-west before here on FFC, but just for some context he’s won two Player of the Year awards during his time away from Elland Road, and this season he’s registered four assists in 15 games from right-back.
However, his good performances for Joey Barton’s side seemingly haven’t been enough to save his skin at Leeds United as the Yorkshire club are apparently looking to sell him in January.
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Football Insider are reporting that Coyle could be moved on permanently once January rolls around, and his destination is an unsurprising one.
Indeed, it won’t be too shocking to hear that it’s Fleetwood Town who he’s apparently going to join once the winter transfer window opens.
The 24-year-old hasn’t really had a look in at Elland Road over these past few years, but selling him at this juncture of his career seems rather short-sighted.
Selling a 24-year-old who has spent the past three seasons out on loan seems like a no-brainer on paper, but Leeds could live to regret this decision.
Coyle has proven his class in League One, and there’s no reason why those performances can’t translate into the Championship.
He’s seemingly in the form of his life, and for Leeds to just disregard him is silly. Going forward, the number of assists he’s gained is impressive but he’s also adept defensively.
In 2019/20, the defender has won 1.6 tackles per game, as well as winning 1.5 aerial duels on average each outing.
Leeds aren’t exactly flooded with options on the right side of defence and if Luke Ayling continues to play in a back three, their only viable option is to field Stuart Dallas in that position.
Keeping Coyle as back up could be a smart decision. With that in mind, they must turn down any permanent advances from Fleetwood for his services.