By David Woods

27th Apr, 2018 | 12:31pm

'Not the best player' – Manager delivers verdict on 22-year-old heading to Leeds in summer

Fleetwood manager John Sherdian has damned Leeds loanee Lewie Coyle with faint praise, and we don’t imagine the young right-back will be too pleased.

Coyle has been at Fleetwood on loan for the season, where he has made 40 league appearances.

Sheridan has pointed to him as a great example of someone who takes his job seriously and sets a good example for other players.

But we doubt Coyle will be too impressed at his verdict on him as a footballer – despite him being nominated for the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards.

Talking to the Fleetwood Weekly News Sheridan said: “I tell you who I use as a good example: Coyley, how he trains, how he plays. He is only on loan but some of the players can learn off him.

“To give himself the best chance, he does not half train well and he does not half play well.

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“He is not the best player in the world, not the best right-back, but he does not half give himself the best chance just because of the way he goes about things.”

Football Insider verdict:

Coyle’s loan deal runs out at the end of the season and he’ll be heading back to Elland Road in the hope of convincing Paul Heckingbottom – or whoever is in charge – that he’s good enough for the first team. We’re sure that Sheridan meant well but perhaps some media training might help. Coyle has put in a huge shift at Fleetwood and is up for the Player of the Year. Sheridan would have been much better off just saying he’s incredible, rather than hinting he works hard but isn’t blessed with natural talent. 

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