Lewie Coyle says he would be daft to leave Leeds United on loan now

Leeds United prospect Lewie Coyle has no intention of leaving Leeds United on loan at present.

Leeds United prospect Lewie Coyle has told TV Yorkshire he has no intention of leaving the club on loan this January.

Coyle is on the verge of the first team and has featured on the bench of late, hoping to make the step up from the under-21s.

He was back in the under-21 side on Monday, helping them to a win over Sheffield Wednesday, and insisted he is positive about his first team prospects.

With a congested fixture list and an injury to first choice right-back Gaetano Berardi, Coyle has a chance of being selected over the coming weeks.

The defender believes it would be the wrong move to now look for a loan away from the club.

He said: "A [potential] loan move did come about recently, but all the time I'm in and about the first team I think it'd be daft for me to go out on loan at the minute, being involved with the squad.

"If a loan happens it happens, but first and foremost I do want to be at Leeds United and be amongst it and get my chance."

If Steve Evans continues to play Sam Byram in midfield, then Coyle has just Scott Wootton blocking him for a first team place while Berardi remains sidelined.

He may not get a better chance of making an impact than in the next few weeks, unless the club cash in on Byram in January, and then more chances could present themselves in the second half of the season.

Another option for Evans is to throw him in for the FA Cup clash against Rotherham in early January.

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