Noel Whelan backs Lewie Coyle to start for Leeds United on Monday

Elland Road

The 20-year-old defender made his league debut in midweek.

Leeds United drew with Fulham in the week, a 1-1 draw at Elland Road after a screamer from Lewis Cook cancelled out Tom Cairney's opener for the travelling Cottagers.

The game saw an interesting choice at right-back from Leeds boss Steve Evans.

The Scot decided to pull Scott Wootton from the starting XI after his Watford disaster and with Swiss defender Gaetano Berardi still unavailable through injury he decided to bring in youngster Lewis Coyle.

The talented full-back, very much in the mould of Sam Byram, played very well in the game and now Evans has a choice to make this weekend.

Wootton is available and Berardi is now fit - so who starts at right-back?

Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan believes it has to be Coyle.

Speaking on BBC Radio Leeds this week he stated:

"I think he did enough to keep his place.

"I thought he had a smashing game the other night against Fulham.

"He just seems to be growing in confidence. He had his first start against Rotherham and did well and the other night he didn't look out of place.

"He defends well, his positioning is fantastic and he gets forward. He's got quality on the ball."

The 20-year-old talent certainly looks like he has all the tools to go on and become a future Leeds United first-teamer and, on merit, has probably earned a place in the starting XI for the trip to Brighton on Monday night.

His hardest task will be holding off the challenge of Berardi now he is back in business.

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