Speaking to Football Insider, Noel Whelan has revealed that he expects Tyler Denton to be out the door at Elland Road before the end of the season.
The Leeds man has been out on loan in League One at Peterborough where he has struggled to break into the starting XI, making only 10 league appearances all season.
Whelan has been very frank in his view on the youngster’s future, and it is an unfortunate conclusion which he has come to.
The left-back has been deemed surplus to requirements at the club, and the former player believes this summer will be the end of the road for the defender.
The 44-year-old said: “It’s a shame but he won’t be at Leeds next season.
“He’s not been playing in League One under a couple of different managers, and that tells you a lot.
“The reality is he’s probably not good enough for Leeds. If he was good enough, he wouldn’t be struggling to get in Peterborough’s team.
“He looked a really good young player a few years ago. I saw him score a screamer against Luton in the cup. But he’s not really kicked on, and now we’re really struggling at left-back.”
Hearing a pundit say that your career at a club is over is never pleasant to hear, but it is probably time for Denton to come to terms with the fact that he won’t be a Leeds player for much longer.
This latest loan spell at Peterborough was probably the last chance saloon for the 23-year-old. He has failed to impress at a lower level and that has probably spelt the end of his time at Elland Road.
A loan to League One can be the kickstart a young player’s career needs. The defender should have followed the example of one of his teammates who has dropped down a level and proved their quality.
Mallik Wilks has been incredible for Doncaster this season putting in great performances whilst netting 14 times. The 20-year-old is now in line to become a key player for Marcelo Bielsa next year.
Unlike Wilks, Denton hasn’t taken the chance to prove himself, and his failure in League One may well see him on the chopping block when he returns to LS11 in the summer.