By Laura O'Leary

31st Jan, 2018 | 12:58pm

Leeds make emphatic decision on short-term future of 22-year-old - report

Leeds United are not going to attempt to recall Lewie Coyle from his loan at Fleetwood Town in January, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post’s Live Transfer Blog (Wednesday, 10:15) report that despite having an option to end the right-back’s season long loan early, the Whites would rather he stayed at Fleetwood until the summer.
The 22-year-old has been a key member of Fleetwood’s team since joining, making 30 appearances across all competitions this season.
Coyle has been in tremendous form in those outings, grabbing five assists to help his side sit 15th in League One.
It was believed that the Whites may recall the the defender from his loan after they lost their first-choice right-back, Luke Ayling, through injury for the rest of the season.
Leeds already have a natural replacement for Ayling in their squad with Gaetano Berardi, but the 29-year-old has been recently featuring as a centre-back with Liam Cooper, Matthew Pennington and Conor Shaughnessy all unavailable.
The report shared that Leeds United would rather guarantee Coyle regular football in League One this season, rather then recall him.
Football Insider verdict:
It’s the right decision for Leeds to make. While Coyle has impressed on loan, the Whites wouldn’t be able to guarantee him regular football until the end of the season. Berardi is an adequate replacement for Ayling and once Leeds’ other short-term injury problems are solved within a couple weeks, Coyle would struggle to get a game. The young defender seems to have drastically improved by playing regular football for Fleetwood this season, and Leeds United should not want to do anything that would harm his development. Coyle looks more than capable of making the step up to the Championship next season if Leeds find themselves still in the second-tier of English football once again.
In other Leeds United transfer news, the club have been engaged on transfer missions at top-flight giants Arsenal and Manchester United.

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