By Dominic Toner
Leeds manager Garry Monk believes that the club’s youngsters must show desire to play for the club.
The Whites handed 21-year-old Lewie Coyle a new contract on Thursday and he is now set to remain at Elland Road until the summer of 2019.
He will now hope to break into the first-team as he competes alongside Luke Ayling and Gaetano Berardi for the right-back position.
Monk claims that Coyle has shown the right application earn a new deal and feels the club’s youngsters must do the same.
“Lewie is at the very start of his career and there is a long way to go and like a lot of the other young players,” Monk said, as quoted by the club’s official website. “It is important now that he tries to fight and kick on for an even better contract in the future.
“Attitude, potential and ability all go hand in hand, one doesn’t work without the other and you can argue attitude is the most important, because that gets you to where you need to be.”
He added: “To be at a club like Leeds United and playing games in the first team for the young players is a privilege, you have to earn new deals and if we think players deserve a new contract they will get it.”
Ronaldo Viera is a great example of a youngster emerging in the senior side and the 18-year-old has made 12 appearances this season in all competitions.
Coyle has made five senior appearances this season and featured once in the Championship for Garry Monk’s side.
The defender is a product of the club’s academy and made his debut for the club in December 2015.
He has made a total of 17 appearances since then all competitions and is set to prolong his stay with his boyhood club.
Leeds face an away trip to Norwich on Saturday and will hope to continue their recent form, picking up seven points from their last three league games.
In other Leeds news, Pep Clotet has posted a Twitter message ahead of the match against Norwich.