'He won't be at Leeds next season' - Exclusive: Pundit makes big 23yo United ace claim
Tyler Denton will be heading out of Leeds United at the end of the season, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former United striker explained why he is convinced the home-grown left-back is set to end his association with the club.
Denton, 23, is close to completing a season-long loan at Peterborough United before heading back to Elland Road, where he has a year remaining on his contract.
“It’s a shame but he won’t be at Leeds next season,” Whelan said. “He’s not been playing in League One under a couple of different managers, and that tells you a lot.
“If a player is not playing regularly first-team football in League One, he is not going to be in the Leeds squad next season, simple as that. It’s not as if Tyler Denton is really young anymore, either.
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“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.”
Leeds are without four senior left-backs for Sunday’s final league clash of the season against Ipswich Town, ahead of the play-offs.
Barry Douglas, Ezgjan Alioski, Leif Davis and Stuart Dallas are all sidelined with knee injuries, while Laurens De Bock and Tom Pearce are, like Denton, out on loan.
The Dewsbury-born Denton has made just 14 appearances for Peterborough this season, after spending last season at League Two outfit Port Vale.
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