The young Leeds United full-back made his first league start on Tuesday evening.
Wootton has divided opinion at Elland Road for a while now and his own-goal in the FA Cup fifth round against Watford at the weekend seemingly proved to be the final straw.
Coyle had impressed in cameo appearances and in his only previous start – in the third round of the cup against Rotherham United – but Tuesday saw him kick off his first ever league match and he did not look out of place.
In fact the right-back shone throughout and outperformed his fellow full-back Charlie Taylor in a number of key areas.
Both players are tipped to play vital roles in Leeds’ future but on this evidence Coyle will be every bit as effective as his older teammate on the opposite flank.
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Against Fulham, Coyle won a hugely impressive eight duels (compared with two from Taylor) while he made four successful tackles, with the left-back failing to make any.
Coyle also outshone Taylor when it came to interceptions, dribbles and the fact that he was not dispossessed all evening.
There is of course a long way to go, and while Taylor has been one of Leeds’ standout stars all season Coyle’s senior career is just beginning.
But if Tuesday night is anything to go by, Wootton will now struggle to get back into this side…