By Will Butcher
Lewie Coyle is confident that he can become a regular in Garry Monk’s Leeds starting line up despite plenty of competition at right-back.
The 21-year-old is fresh from signing a new two-year extension at Elland Road, that will keep him with the Yorkshire giants until the summer of 2019.
Another of Leeds’ impressive academy products, Coyle finds himself up against Luke Ayling and Gaetano Berardi for place on the right side of Monk’s defence.
Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds on Tuesday afternoon, Coyle revealed that he is adamant that if he can continue to work hard and impress Monk then he will squeeze his way into the starting line up.
“Luke [Ayling] has done very well when he’s come in, I can’t fault him from day one,” Coyle said. “Berardi has had plenty of troubles with injury but he’s worked hard after coming back into training.
“It’s always tough to try and cement your place in the team and make that position your own, but that brings the best out of me. I feel it will do in the future and I will be making sure that I am working day in, day out to earn that place at right back.”
Signed from Bristol City in the summer, Luke Ayling is currently considered Monk’s number one right-back after an impressive start to life in Yorkshire.
One-time Switzerland international Berardi has returned from a hamstring injury, but is yet to influence himself into Monk’s plans.