Why this talented Leeds youngster must force January move
COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Leeds youngster Tyler Denton should seek a loan move away from Elland Road in January.
The 21-year-old made just his second appearance for the Whites on Monday night in the 2-1 win over Cambridge and showed he has the potential to become a first-team regular.
Denton was put to the test against the physical League Two side, but managed to overcome his battle during the 90 minutes.
The defender made his Leeds debut in August as he scored the winning goal in the EFL Cup second-round victory over Luton.
He has had to wait patiently for his second opportunity in the senior set-up and didn’t look out of place against Cambridge.
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Denton has now been introduced to the first-team after graduating through the club’s academy and it’s important that he experiences regular football.
The left-back would benefit immensely from a loan spell at a lower league club and it would help him adapt to senior football.
Leeds currently have senior players Charlie Taylor and Gaetano Berardi battling for a starting position in defence, meaning that Denton is extremely unlikely to break into the first-team in the near future.
The Whites manager Garry Monk has shown he is keen to introduce youngsters to the squad and 18-year-old central midfielder Ronaldo Vieira is a perfect example of that this season.
However, the competition at left-back is extremely high and Denton’s best chance to develop is to go out on loan.