Steve Evans recognised Lewie Coyle's talent after 10 minutes as Leeds United manager

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Lewie Coyle made his first start for Leeds United against Rotherham United in the FA Cup at the weekend.

Steve Evans has told Radio Yorkshire that he knew Lewie Coyle was a talent within 10 minutes of becoming Leeds United manager.

Coyle has started to come into Villa’s first team since Evans was appointed, and the right-back was handed his first start against Rotherham United in the FA Cup at the weekend.

The 20-year-old was in impressive form, as Leeds picked up a 2-0 win over the Millers, and Evans was full of praise for the academy graduate after the match.

"I’m so proud of him," Evans said. "I saw him play for 10 minutes when I came in and I thought ‘you’ll be for me’.

"He started a bit nervous, and I had to give him a few reminders verbally, but he took the information on board and second half I was really pleased with him. He stepped up and became the cultured full back we know he will become."

Leeds beat Rotherham thanks to goals from Mustapha Carayol and Souleymane Doukara.

Evans had announced a team which was much changed from the one which had started in their most recent Championship match, but the Whites still dominated the fixture, and extended their unbeaten run to eight matches.

Coyle’s first team opportunities could be set to increase too, with speculation existing over Sam Byram’s future.

Byram has been linked with a move to the Premier League in the Daily Mirror, and he could be heading for the exit door at Elland Road in the coming weeks.

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