Noel Whelan has claimed Lewie Coyle has “played his last game” for Leeds United as the club prepare to offload him again in January.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United striker and lifelong fan is convinced United supporters have seen the last of the 24-year-old despite his impressive form on loan at Fleetwood.
The Leeds academy product has been a mainstay of the starting XI for three consecutive seasons on loan at the League One club.
“He’s played his last game for us,” Whelan told Football Insider. “He won’t play for Leeds again. One of two things will happen – he will be sold in January or loaned back to Fleetwood.
“He is a good player but is he Championship level? If he was, he would be staying at Leeds and would be playing instead of Stuart Dallas, who, don’t forget, has been converted from winger to full-back.
“Sometimes, as a footballer, you have to find your level. You have to drop down a division to ignite your career. Credit to Lewie, he has done that.
“His career is now at League One. Maybe he will progress, come back to the Championship in the future and prove everyone wrong at Leeds. At the moment he is not at that level.”
Coyle has impressed at Highbury, making 110 appearances in total for the third-tier outfit and winning the club’s Player of the Year award at the end of his debut campaign in 2017-18.
He has started 15 league matches this season and been a key player for Barton’s eighth-placed side, supplying four assists from right-back.
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