Leeds United head coach Steve Evans has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he could send Lewie Coyle out on loan.
Coyle has been training with the Leeds first team for the past three weeks, but he is unavailable for Friday evening’s friendly game against Wycombe Wanderers due to a three-match ban.
Evans rates the Leeds Under-21 captain highly and has suggested that he could send the 20-year-old right-back out on loan soon.
“In the short term we need to get him playing men’s football from Under-21s – there’s a world of difference when three points are at stake,” the Scotsman told The Yorkshire Evening Post.
“We need to get him playing football. Whether that’s sending him out for a little while...we’re looking at all the options now.
“He’s training with the first team every day now and in two-and-a-half to three weeks, I’ve seen him get much, much better. And I mean significantly better.”
Due to the competition of places in the Leeds first team at the moment, it is unlikely that Coyle will get his chance anytime soon.
However, sending the 20-year-old on loan to a club where he will get to play competitive football is a very good idea.
Playing for three points week in and week out will install a spirit of competitiveness in the youngster, and he will become a better and more mature player because of it.