In a recent interview with BBC Radio Leeds, Steve Evans hinted that he could return right-back Scott Wootton to Leeds United’s starting line-up for their next match against Brighton & Hove Albion next Monday.
“If it’s right and he looks right at the end of the week, and he should play at Brighton, he’ll play at Brighton,” Evans said.
But let’s face it, after Lewie Coyle’s stellar performance in his first league start on Tuesday evening and with Gaetano Berardi nearing full fitness, there is practically no chance Wootton will be back in the starting XI any time soon.
Of course Evans is not going to come out and publicly hammer the player after his own-goal condemned Leeds to a 1-0 defeat against Watford in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
After all he has been one of Evans’ go-to players this season and has featured more often than not despite the befuddlement of many Leeds fans. But Coyle showed against Fulham that he is ready for the step up while Berardi is a considerably better option than the former Manchester United man.
So while Evans implies, rightly, that he is ruling no one out at this stage, Wootton may well have suddenly dropped to third choice for the right-back spot, at least for the remaining matches this season.