The young Leeds United right-back could be a future Elland Road star.
Leeds United fans may have only just got over the excitement of the summer transfer window but there will soon be another chance for additions and departures at Elland Road.
The Football League emergency loan window runs from 9 September (this Wednesday) until 25 November, and that means Leeds boss Uwe Rosler and owner Massimo Cellino could still strengthen their squad and potentially send some youngsters out on loan for the next three months.
One Leeds player who would particularly benefit from a temporary stint away from the Whites is young right-back Lewie Coyle.
The 19-year-old is regarded as one of Leeds’ most talented young players and if he continues on his current trajectory he should ultimately become first-choice right-back at the club.
The problem is, the teenager is currently competing with Gaetano Berardi, Sam Byram and Scott Wootton for a starting spot and having not featured during Leeds’ summer tour, it seems Coyle is still seen very much as a prospect in need of further development.
As a result, that means he will either spend the rest of this season playing for the under-21s or – more sensibly – head out on loan.
Coyle really is a wonderful talent and a temporary switch could benefit all concerned. After all, that way he could get some much-needed first-team football under his belt, his loan club would benefit from a fine player and Leeds could reap the long-term rewards if things go according to plan.
Leeds have a number of youngsters likely to head out in the weeks ahead, but Coyle is arguably the player most in need of a move.
He is too good for under-21 football but not yet ready for Leeds’ match-day squad; but this time next year, with the right development, he could well be…