Leeds United head coach Steve Evans has told The Yorkshire Evening Post that defender Lewie Coyle needs to work hard in training in order to retain his place in the team.
Coyle, who is just 20 years of age and plays as a right-back, made his full league debut on Tuesday evening.
The youngster started the Championship game against Fulham at Elland Road and played for the entire 90 minutes.
The 20-year-old had a pass accuracy of 56%, put in four crosses, attempted two dribbles, and made four interceptions, three clearances and five blocks.
Coyle could feature for Leeds against Brighton & Hove Albion away from home at the American Express Community Stadium in the Championship on Monday evening.
Evans has suggested that the youngster will retain his place in the team, but only if he continues to work hard in training.
“I’ll be assessing Lewie every day between now and Brighton and what I’d say is that if he trains as well as he has done then he’ll keep his shirt because he deserves to,” the Leeds head coach told The Yorkshire Evening Post.
“If he drops then it would fall upon me to take the difficult decision to take him out. That’s true of any player.”
Leeds are 17th in the Championship table at the moment with 38 points from 32 matches, 12 points above the relegation zone and 16 points behind sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday.