What next for Lewie Coyle after Uwe Rosler overlooked him for tour matches?

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Leeds United's young right-back did not feature at all during their recent tour.

Leeds United have just returned from their pre-season tour of Austria and Norway where they took on Eintracht Frankfurt and Hoffenheim.

The matches did not go as Leeds manager Uwe Rosler would have hoped, with his side losing 2-1 on both occasions.

Over the two matches Rosler gave plenty of his players the chance to impress, but one who did not get to experience any football was teenage right-back Lewie Coyle.

The 19-year-old is one of the most talented youngsters on the books at Elland Road, and he recently signed a new contract at the club; but his short-term future could well be elsewhere after Rosler opted to keep him on the substitutes’ bench against both Frankfurt and Hoffenheim.

For the first match Scott Wootton played from beginning to end at right-back while the second game saw Gaetano Berardi do the same.

That meant Coyle was not called upon, and with Rosler using the tour to get a close look at Wootton and Berardi in the right-back position it could well be that he has decided Coyle is not yet ready to feature for the first-team.

That would be no real surprise given his age and inexperience but with Wootton more commonly known as a centre-back (despite his renaissance last season) the summer was the perfect chance to see if Coyle could work effectively in this Leeds side, potentially as back-up for Berardi.

That may still be Rosler’s plan further down the line, but with no football at all during the brief summer tour, Coyle may well be wondering if next season will be one spent either on loan or continuing his development with Leeds’ under-21s.

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