What has happened to forgotten Leeds United attacker Lewis Walters?

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Does Lewis Walters need a loan move away from Leeds United?

Leeds United's impressive summer spending spree has set the club up for a successful season, but not everybody is a winner.

A player who has slipped down the pecking order thanks to recent arrivals is promising youngster Lewis Walters.

Walters had appeared set to breakthrough last season after an impressive 2014 pre-season, only for injury to sideline the young forward for months.

When he returned in February, then head coach Neil Redfearn talked up using him as a winger, and included him in match day squads, but did not select the youngster.

Now 20, Walters has slipped back down the queue, and had begun the season with the under-21 side.

He was missing from the under-21 line-up against Brentford on Tuesday, which could have been fitness related, although no injury has been announced or discussed by the club.

First team chances?

Walters' prospects of playing on the wing seem to be gone, with Stuart Dallas, Jordan Botaka and now Will Buckley signed, while Sam Byram and Charlie Taylor are also ahead of him in the queue to play out wide if needed. So too is Souleymane Doukara, selected there in pre-season by Uwe Rosler.

That could be positive for Walters if he wants to be judged as a striker, but his prospects do not seem great here either, despite Steve Morison and Billy Sharp being moved on to League One clubs,

Rosler prefers to play with one up front, with Chris Wood and Mirco Antenucci battling it out, while at present Doukara is third choice.

Summer signing Lee Erwin remains waiting for his opportunity, making Walters fifth choice at best, presuming he is ahead of under-21 teammate Luke Parkin in the pecking order.

What next?

Presuming Walters is at full fitness, his chances of first team football do not look good at present.

He would be best off looking for a loan move away from the club, to a League One or League Two side where he can play regularly.

Walters is at an age where he needs to play competitive football to aid his development, and his current status is doing him no favours.

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