Lewie Coyle's comments about age should be a wake-up call for some of his Leeds teammates

A general view of Elland Road prior to The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Leeds United and Rotherham United at Elland Road on January 9, 2016 in Leeds, England.

The Leeds United defender does not see himself as young at 21.

Sutton United's Ghanaian defender Kevin Amankwaah (L) vies with Leeds United's English defender Lewie Coyle during the English FA Cup fourth round football match between Sutton United and...

In an interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United defender Lewie Coyle admitted he did not class himself as a young footballer, and one wonders if the 21-year-old's comments will hit a nerve with some of the other fringe players trying to break through at Elland Road.

After all, while Coyle is at least enjoying a loan spell this season, impressing for Fleetwood Town, the likes of Madger Gomes (20) and Eoghan Stokes (21) are currently making do with under-23 football, and the latter's hopes of building on his only first-team appearance to date look slim this season.

General view of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Gomes has only recently arrived at Leeds following his time at Liverpool, but he showed during pre-season and in the EFL Cup that he has what it takes to ultimately make it at the club.

But Coyle may have hit the nail on the head, especially when you consider Leeds' impressive summer recruitment to bring in a number of impressive teenagers from across Europe.

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in Nottingham,...

As a result, those Leeds fringe men in their very early twenties will already be looking over their shoulder, knowing that if they do not prove their worth either on loan or with the second string, there will be a talented teenager willing to take their spot in a heartbeat.

It is a motivating factor that instills healthy competition but if a 21-year-old is watching players up to five years his junior making an impact (with Ryan Sessegnon the perfect example) there will also be fearful that their chance could be gone before it has even arrived.

Coyle should make it at Leeds with no problem, but some of his young teammates may not be quite so lucky, especially if they are still making do with under-23 football alongside players far younger but no less hungry for success.

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