Danny Mills says that Leeds United will be happy if homegrown talent Lewie Coyle makes it at a first-team elsewhere as they prepare to offload him in January.
The former Leeds and England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that like all clubs, the Whites are looking to their academy to produce players who will either play for the senior side or secure them a transfer fee in the future.
As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, the Elland Road outfit are prepared to sell Coyle permanently in the winter window after spending three consecutive seasons out on loan to Fleetwood Town.
With the 24-year-old destined for the exit, Mills says that the “clinical” process of producing talent to sell them on is a natural part of football.
Speaking of Coyle’s prospective exit Mills told Football Insider: “For a lot of academies, producing players and moving them on, it’s where clubs, even Premier League clubs, make their money.
“They put a lot into development, they bring players through, if they’re good enough for the first-team, brilliant. If they’re not quite good enough, they’ve made a good player for somebody else.
“It is a little bit clinical, maybe sounds a little bit mercenary, but that’s what it is from time to time. You only ever get maybe one, if that, out of every year group, into your own first-team. You’re hoping that one makes it in a first-team somewhere to make some money off them.”
Coyle has played 23 times for Leeds’ first-team since breaking through the youth ranks at Elland Road, but the majority of his game time as come at Highbury with Fleetwood.
He has a total of 111 appearances under his belt for the Cod Army, including playing every minute in League One for Joey Barton’s side.