Lewie Coyle unfazed by competition within Leeds squad; praises Luke Ayling and Gaetano Berardi

General view inside the stadium before the game - Elland Road

Lewie Coyle is vying for a place in the position where Leeds United perhaps boast the most depth.

Leeds United prospect Lewie Coyle has told BBC Radio Leeds that the competition at right-back within Garry Monk's squad will bring the best out of him and he praised both of his rivals for the position.

Coyle has only made a handful of appearances for the Whites this season - the majority of which have come in the EFL Cup - predominantly due to the excellent form of Luke Ayling, but Gaetano Berardi's presence has also made the academy graduate's route to the first-team slightly more congested.

Leeds United's Lewie Coyle and Norwich City's Alex PritchardLeeds United's Lewie Coyle and Norwich City's Alex Pritchard

But rather than get frustrated by the obstacles in front of him, the 21-year-old seemed to remain very philosophical about his situation, and accepted that Monk had every right to call upon either of his rivals.

"It's always a massive ask getting into the first-team and obviously maintaining your spot there, but at the moment there's a few lads in there who have been excellent," he told BBC Radio Leeds.

"Luke's come in and he's not put a foot wrong. Bera's back fit and obviously last year, my competition was with Bera. He's always been right up there, he's top notch.

Derby's Ikechi Anya in action with Leeds' Luke AylingDerby's Ikechi Anya in action with Leeds' Luke Ayling

"But that also brings the best out in me. having competition and bringing the best out of yourself. It's nice, it's a healthy competition to have."

While his experience would suggest that Berardi is ahead of Coyle in the pecking order, the latter is arguably doing a good job when he is getting an opportunity, while the Swiss has actually looked much more assured in his slightly less familiar position of left-back. 

But whatever the current state of the pecking order, Monk will undoubtedly be delighted that he has three very capable options to choose from and will surely be hoping that he has a similar dilemma right across the pitch in future.

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