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Leeds would be sending the wrong message if they let Lewie Coyle go

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According to Football Insider, Leeds United are set to sell one of their loanees in January.

Yes, Lewie Coyle’s time as a United player may very well be coming to an end as the Whites are apparently set to offload him to Fleetwood Town.

While it’s not too surprising to see the defender move to Fleetwood, as he’s spent the last three seasons out on loan there, this sale ultimately sends a negative message to any player who Leeds loan out in the future.

Loan spells are supposed to be an opportunity to prove yourself worthy of a first-team shot.

They’re a chance to cut your teeth at another level while showcasing that you’ve got what it takes to make a real impact at your parent club, and Coyle has shown exactly what he’s capable of during his time in the north-west.

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The right-back has won two Player of the Year awards since joining the Fishermen, and his scintillating form has carried over to this season.

Indeed, he’s crafted four assists in 15 games from right-back and there’s really nothing else you can say about those stats other than that they’re fantastic.

One would hope that his good showings out on loan for the past three seasons would see him handed a sniff at an opportunity at Elland Road. However recent reports indicate that Marcelo Bielsa isn’t interested in even giving him a second look.

Not only could the Yorkshire outfit be losing out on a very talented player in Coyle, but they’re also sending out the wrong message to any players that may go out on loan in the future or anyone who is currently in that situation.

It sends a message that whatever a player does out on loan doesn’t matter. Leeds couldn’t have asked for more from Coyle, he’s been brilliant in League One, and he’s shown that he deserves a chance in the Championship, but Leeds seemingly aren’t interested.

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It sets a bad precedent for the future, and in all honesty, it makes a mockery of what Leeds’ loan policy is supposed to be about.

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