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Lewie Coyle is outshining his more experienced teammates for Leeds U21s

The Leeds United youngster is ready for the step up on a consistent basis.

Leeds United’s under-21 side has some very familiar names these days, with Jordan Botaka, Lee Erwin, Tom Adeyemi and Casper Sloth all turning out in their most recent clash against Coventry City.

But despite the presence of those more experienced players, it is 20-year-old Lewie Coyle who continues to impress like a rose among many thorns.

The right-back is a supremely talented player who looks set for a very bright future at Elland Road.

Indeed he has recently been given chances by first-team manager Steve Evans and he has not looked out of place, appearing twice in the league and twice in the FA Cup to date, albeit only once from the start.

Coyle’s under-21 performances show he is a player quickly outgrowing that level and with Sam Byram leaving last month, and questions remaining over Scott Wootton, the youngster could have a straight scrap with Gaetano Berardi to be Leeds’ first-choice right-back as early as next season.

Given the money spent on Erwin and Botaka and the experience of Adeyemi and Sloth, it is even more remarkable that Coyle is outshining them all.

So while much of the talk is about Lewis Cook, Charlie Taylor et al, Coyle now deserves to be included on that list.

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