The two Leeds United right-backs could be in for quite a fight for a starting spot.
New Leeds United manager Garry Monk has plenty of work to do this summer as he bids to get the Whites firing from the outset when the new Championship campaign kicks off.
Chief among those tasks is assessing his current first-team squad and figuring out who fits into his system, who drops out and where he needs to strengthen.
While Leeds will no doubt make plenty of signings this summer, with the wide areas, the centre of defence and the strike force all requiring improvement, the one area of Leeds’ squad that needs no work is at right-back, with Gaetano Berardi and Lewie Coyle competing for a starting spot.
While Berardi is currently first choice at Elland Road, 20-year-old Coyle broke through last season and showed enough to suggest he will cause a few selection headaches in the coming months.
At 27, Berardi has plenty of experience and he is a consistent and much loved performer in a Leeds shirt, but Coyle is a talent that simply cannot be ignored and Monk will be watching eagerly during pre-season training to see which of the two players is more deserving of a starting spot when the season begins.
When the fight was between Berardi and the much maligned Scott Wootton it was no contest. However Coyle is a very different player and it would be no surprise if he quickly adds to his 13 first-team appearances under Monk’s tutelage.
Both players are sure to play a significant role over the season, with injuries and suspensions potentially taking their toll, but of all the areas on the pitch it is arguably the only one from Leeds’ current personnel where there are real question marks over who Monk should opt for when both are available.