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Steve Evans keen to unleash young Leeds pair; offers lifeline to Luke Murphy

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The Whites boss is looking ahead to next season at Elland Road.

Steve Evans has told BBC West Yorkshire Sport he is keen to redeploy Leeds United youngsters Lewie Coyle and Bailey Peacock-Farrell before the end of the campaign, and offered a lifeline to midfielder Luke Murphy.

Evans said he is in the process of assembling a "special group" ahead of next season and wants the trio to be a part of it.

However, with the Whites' not mathematically safe from relegation and having what the Scot described as "a duty" to win football matches, he is cautious about unleashing Coyle and Peacock-Farrell in particular.

"I’d like to see more of our young players, more of our young goalkeeper (Peacock-Farrell), young Lewie Coyle, more of those types of places that are deserving of a place in the team," Evans told BBC West Yorkshire Sport.

"Their performances are up there. But at the same time, I want to win matches, we have a duty to the players and the club and more importantly we have a duty to our supporters.

"So we want to win but 100 per cent I want to look more at Peacock-Farrell, I want to look more at Coyle, look more at the younger element and one or two players that are sitting there thinking for whatever reason that I’ve not had the chance - Luke Murphy being one of them of course, who I thought was outstanding at Burnley on Saturday."

"It’s a special group that’s getting assembled here for next season. There’s a lot of that group here. Make sure you’re one of them."

Coyle, 20, has made six appearances for Leeds' first team this season and started three successive league games througout February and March.

However, the right-back picked up an injury in the last of those against Bolton Wanderers, and has played four minutes of football since.

On the other hand, Peacock-Farrell, who is out of contract this summer and said to be on the radar of several Premier League clubs, made his one and only appearance against Queens Park Rangers last week - in the absence of Marco Silvestri, who was suspended.

According to the Independent, Leeds paid £1 million to sign Murphy from Crewe three years ago, but his tally of 20 league starts this season is his lowest to date at Elland Road.

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