Forget Scott Wootton; Lewie Coyle is Leeds United's future right-back

Elland Road pitchside

Could yet another Leeds United youngster get a chance to show what he can do sooner rather than later?

Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn's transformation of Sam Byram, from right-back to highly-effective winger, saw a space open up in the Whites’ back-line.

That space was swiftly and effectively filled by Scott Wootton, to such an extent that the 23-year-old recently signed a contract extension at Elland Road.

His presence means someone for whom right-back is his natural position, Gaetano Berardi, has had to make do with a place on the bench, but there is another player who is rarely mentioned who could ultimately usurp Wootton in the Leeds back-four.

That player is Lewie Coyle, a teenage right-back who has all the attributes to follow the likes of Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and Charlie Taylor into Leeds’ first-team sooner rather than later.

While he may only be 19, that has not stopped some of Leeds’ other recent success stories, and although this season could be too soon for him there is no reason he could not get chances in the next campaign.

Wootton still divides opinion among Leeds supporters and with Byram seemingly set to continue further up the field that could allow Coyle the chance he has been waiting for since he was a child.

As he told the Hull Daily Mail back in 2008, “I want to make my debut with Leeds United, who I have always supported, even before joining the academy.”

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