57 touches, 7 recoveries: Leeds youngster Lewie Coyle so impressive in Preston draw

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Leeds United drew 1-1 with Preston North End.

Leeds United youngster Lewie Coyle had arguably one of the best games of his short career to date as he put in an impressive display during his side’s final day 1-1 draw at Preston North End.

The Whites’ final home game of the campaign ended on a bit of a sour note with a 2-1 defeat at Charlton, and the same could be said on their travels as Preston scored late to deny Leeds all three points.

Steve Evans’ men made the breakthrough when Chris Wood fired home a penalty with just 12 minutes remaining, yet a Jordan Hugill equaliser in the 91st minute meant both teams took a share of the spoils.

Still, there were plenty of positives for the Yorkshire side to mull over, with right-back Lewie Coyle in particular having a superb game in only his sixth Championship start of the campaign.

  TacklesInterceptionsDef Duels WonBall RecoveriesTouchesAccurate PassesKey PassesMins Played
Lewie Coyle 5 3 7 7 57 21 2 90

As shown by the table provided by Opta, the 20-year-old posted a number of key defensive contributions over the course of the 90 minutes while also impressing in attack.

Coyle recorded three interceptions, five tackles, seven defensive duels won and seven ball recoveries.

In possession he was calm and displayed plenty of maturity, taking 57 touches, making 21 accurate passes and also creating two chances for his teammates via key passes.

There is no doubt that the Leeds youngster still has plenty to learn at Championship level, yet this performance was further proof that he is more than ready to step up to the challenge.

This summer promises to be an interesting time at Elland Road, and Steve Evans’ reaction at full-time suggested that there is no guarantees he will stay on as boss for next season.

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