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Steve Evans should give Lewie Coyle his second Leeds start against Watford

The Leeds United youngster deserves a chance against Premier League opponents.

This weekend Leeds United travel to Vicarage Road to take on Watford in the fifth round of the FA Cup and Whites manager Steve Evans has some decisions to make in terms of team selection.

Leeds are currently 16th in the Championship table, 14 points outside the play-off places and 11 points clear of relegation, so the success or failure of this campaign could come down to how well Evans’ men do in the FA Cup.

Leeds would be wise to play a strong side against Watford knowing they are just 90 minutes away from the quarter-finals of the famous competition. However there is one position where Evans should pick a youngster with just four first-team appearances to his name.

Right-back Lewie Coyle started the third round clash against Rotherham United before coming off the bench late on against Bolton Wanderers in round four, and while this match is against top flight opposition that is no reason not to play the 20-year-old.

In fact it is the perfect chance for Coyle to show what he can do against a Premier League side and there is little doubt he would excel if given the opportunity.

Coyle certainly has more about him in that position than Scott Wootton and while the Evans favourite continues to feature more often than not, it is time to start thinking about the future.

Leeds have shown their faith in youngsters in other areas of the pitch with great results so now it is Coyle’s time to shine and he deserves a shot against the Hornets’ forward-line of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo.

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