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Byram replacement? Rosler raves about 20-year-old Leeds whizkid Lewie Coyle, next for first team

Uwe Rosler says Lewie Coyle is the next Leeds academy talent to make it to the first team.

Leeds United is a club renowned for developing young talent, and with the comeback of Paul Hart as academy boss, that is set to continue.

The club's head coach Uwe Rosler has identified the next player to make the step up from the first team as Lewie Coyle, having been impressed by his displays in the under-21s.

Rosler was speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, and said he has even recommended Coyle is offered a new contract.

He said: "He is on the way to being a first team member, very impressed with him. I recommended to Mr Cellino, give the player a new contract. He is next in line."

Coyle is a right-back, and was sent off in an under-21 game on Monday, but Rosler said he watched him again in a behind closed doors game on Thursday, where he featured in the opposite full-back role.

He said: "He played left-back and was very impressive. His attitude, his desire, his physical attributes, he's not the tallest, but he's quick, aggressive, not afraid to get on ball. Willing to attack even on left hand side. He will be the next one."

The comments bode well for Coyle's development obviously, but pose questions for the future of Sam Byram.

The defender is currently second choice right-back to Gaetano Berardi, while Charlie Taylor has the left-back spot sewn up.

Byram currently is at an impasse over his contract, with his current deal expiring in June, and if Leeds do cash in, or are unable to convince him to stay, Rosler's comments suggest Coyle could be a ready made replacement. 

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