Leeds United loaned-out ace Lewie Coyle is in a losing battle to save his Elland Road career, Football Insider understands.
The United academy product has spent a second consecutive campaign on loan at Fleetwood Town, where he has been a mainstay of the starting XI.
Coyle, 23, is set to return to Leeds at the start of next month, with his contract at his parent club running until the summer of 2020.
A club source told Football Insider that the versatile defender is unlikely to be welcomed back into the first-team squad at Elland Road this summer, with United chiefs ready to listen to offers.
Marcelo Bielsa resisted the opportunity to recall Coyle from his loan in January, even though the club was experiencing an injury crisis in defence at the time, with Liam Cooper, Gaetano Berardi and Stuart Dallas all suffering long-term injuries.
Coyle has certainly impressed at Highbury, winning the club’s Player of the Year award at the end of his debut campaign, and starting 38 league matches in the current season.
He has been used by manager Joey Barton predominantly at right-back, but has also filled in at left-back, centre-back and even in central midfielder.
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