COMMENT By Will Butcher
Tyler Denton should leave Leeds on loan in January to gain first-team experience, as Charlie Taylor remains Garry Monk’s undisputed first choice at left-back.
Denton, 21, is highly rated by Leeds chiefs, after he scored on his debut in a 1-0 win against League Two minnows Luton Town in the second round of the EFL Cup.
But that remains the youngster’s only appearance for the Yorkshire giants, despite being a prominent member of Jason Blunt’s development side.
A loan move away from Elland Road would prove hugely beneficial for Denton, as he looks to prove to manager Garry Monk that he is good enough to rival Taylor for the starting left-back slot.
Denton possesses a great deal of pace, and with an undeniable desire to get forward an join the attack, he is just as much a threat going forward as he is defensively astute.
Leeds’ number 33 has already proved that he can cut it against Football League opposition and is likely to attract interest from a whole host of League One sides if he is made available by Monk.
With Leeds icon Ian Harte as his agent, Denton signed a new contract after scoring against Luton as he proved to Monk just how much he can offer the Yorkshire giants.
However, one-time Switzerland international Gaetano Berardi was preferred to Denton against Blackburn in the EFL Cup recently, suggesting that Monk has not yet been fully convinced that Denton can be trusted in the Championship.
But a loan spell away from Elland Road for Denton might just provide that trust, as Leeds look to continue their superb form against Aston Villa on Saturday.
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