Leeds United fans rue Lewie Coyle's loan after Derby County loss

Fans look on during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Leeds United and Rotherham United at Elland Road on January 9, 2016 in Leeds, England.

Luke Ayling struggled once again as Leeds went down 2-1 to Derby County on Tuesday - while Lewie Coyle shines at Fleetwood Town.

Luke Ayling of Leeds heads the ball away from Sam Winall of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on October 31, 2017 in...

Luke Ayling has gone from fans favourite to verging on scapegoat territory within a matter of weeks. Though you cannot blame Leeds United fans for calling for the right-back to be removed from Thomas Christiansen’s starting XI after another error-strewn display in Tuesday’s 2-1 home defeat to Derby County.

Leeds have now lost three Championship games in a row at Elland Road, against Reading, Sheffield United and Derby. And the previously impervious Ayling has been at fault for goals in each game.

Luke Ayling of Leeds United shows his disappointment after the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on October 31, 2017 in Leeds, England.

He was caught out of position once again as Craig Forsyth set up Derby’s equaliser, providing the platform for a dramatic comeback victory. Ayling might have started each of Leeds 15 league games this season but the former Bristol City star is currently a shadow of the player who looked like one of Leeds’ best signings in years until recently.

The club’s decision to loan highly-rated homegrown prospect Lewie Coyle to Fleetwood Town in the summer, then, is starting to come under scrutiny. While Ayling struggles, Coyle’s reputation is increasingly by the week.

Lewie Coyle of Fleetwood Town in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Fleetwood Town at Sixfields on August 12, 2017 in Northampton, England.

He won four straight Man of the Match awards for Fleetwood earlier in the season, breaking a club record in the process. And Leeds fans would jump at the prospect of bringing Coyle back from his loan in January with Ayling clearly in need of some time out of the side.

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