Leeds United defender Lewie Coyle does not have a future at Elland Road after being shipped out on loan to Fleetwood Town once again, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker claims that the 23-year-old is set to follow in the footsteps of Paudie O’Connor and Conor Shaughnessy in leaving the Whites for good after their loan spells.
Coyle was confirmed to have joined Fleetwood for a third loan spell last week, returning to the Fylde coast on a six-month deal.
Having seen the right-back feature nearly 100 times for the Cod Army since his initial loan move back in 2017, Whelan insists that Coyle’s long-term future is away from Leeds United, highlighting how manager Marcelo Bielsa has not shied away from offloading those he does not need.
“We’ve got players in that area that Marcelo Bielsa wants,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“We’ve seen him be ruthless with young lads, if they’re not part of his plans, they get sold. Lewie Coyle probably would be third or fourth choice, you can’t keep a player there that’s not going to be in the first team. It’s the right thing for both parties – I think he’d rather know now and go back to Fleetwood.
“(His future) is away from Leeds. We’ve seen that with other players that have gone out on loan – Paudie O’Connor, (Conor) Shaughnessy – they’re not required at Leeds so why hold them back? You may as well get them off the books, get the experience and who one day might come back to Leeds United as a first-team player.”
Coyle has made 23 appearances for Leeds since breaking through the youth system, his last outing coming in a 1-1 draw with Wigan Athletic on the final day of the 2016/17 campaign.
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