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Will Scott Wootton still be Leeds United's first-choice right-back next season?

The Leeds United player could face a challenge to keep his starting spot following Uwe Rosler's arrival.

Last season was an interesting one for Leeds United defender Scott Wootton.

He started the first Championship match of the season but swiftly fell out of favour and was seen just once more in the next 17 league games.

That fall from grace saw him loaned out to Rotherham United, where he featured regularly as a right-back – the position he would later make his own at Elland Road.

Following his temporary spell away from Leeds he turned from forgotten man to ever-present, starting the next 21 matches for Neil Redfearn’s side and showing what Leeds fans had rarely seen from him before.

Suddenly things were looking up for the 23-year-old, who just months earlier seemed destined for a summer exit. But with Redfearn now replaced by Uwe Rosler, will Wootton face a fresh challenge to win over the new man in charge?

After all, Wootton is not a natural right-back and Leeds have the likes of Gaetano Berardi and Sam Byram to challenge him.

Byram was reinvented as a right winger under Redfearn, enjoying a transformation every bit as exciting an unexpected as Wootton’s but with a new manager comes new ideas, and the former Manchester United player may find his chances limited unless he impresses from the outset.

With youngster Lewie Coyle also pushing for a first-team chance at Leeds, Rosler has a number of options at right-back, and he could yet make a signing of his own in that area.

So for a player operating in an unfamiliar but promising position, it could be a vital pre-season, which may decide just how long he remains at Leeds.

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