Lewie Coyle's disciplinary record could be reason why he is overlooked by Leeds

Fleetwood Town's Lewis Coyle under pressure from Blackpool's Nathan Delfouneso during the Sky Bet League One match between Fleetwood Town and Blackpool at Highbury Stadium on October 27,...

Coyle is on loan from Leeds at Joey Barton's Fleetwood Town.

Fleetwood Town's Lewis Coyle competes with Burton Albion's Lucas Akins during the Sky Bet League One match between Fleetwood Town and Burton Albion at Highbury Stadium on December 15, 2018...

Earlier in the season, right-back was a serious problem area for Leeds United. Injuries to Luke Ayling and Gaetano Berardi saw Stuart Dallas feature on the right side of defence - and it saw fans call for Lewie Coyle to be recalled.

The 23-year-old spent the entire 2017-18 campaign at Fleetwood last season and upon the arrival of Joey Barton as manager, the Trawlermen decided to re-sign the Leeds right-back on loan.

Leeds' defensive woes throughout the campaign led to suggestions he could be recalled in January, but once again the Thorp Arch academy product was overlooked - so is there something Leeds fans are missing?

 

Indeed, Coyle has impressed when given the chance for Leeds. He has made 23 senior appearances for the Whites and has now played 80 times for Fleetwood in all competitions - even showing attacking prowess with eight assists.

A solid right-back, composed with the ball at his feet and quick going forward, it is difficult to see why Leeds constantly overlook Coyle rather than giving him a chance - but scratch the surface and it maybe clearer to see.

Coyle picked up another yellow card on Saturday as Fleetwood beat Bradford 1-0, a match in which he returned following a three-match ban. His disciplinary record is worse than any Leeds player this season.

21st January 2017, Oakwell stadium, Barnsley, Yorkshire, England; Skybet Championship football, Barsley versus Leeds; Barnsley's Ryan Kent takes a shot but is blocked by leeds Lewie Coyle

The right-back has nine yellow cards and one red in 32 games. Kalvin Phillips is Leeds' worst, with only six yellows and a red, so is Coyle's lack of discipline preventing him from earning a Leeds chance?

Coyle has a contract at Elland Road until the summer of 2020, and though he is impressing on the pitch, it could be that Marcelo Bielsa is unconvinced with his yellow and red card stats.

It is certainly something the defender will have to improve if he wants to regain a place in the Leeds side - something which Pontus Jansson has done since first joining Leeds. Jansson earned 15 yellows in his first season, but only three this term.

Dublin , Ireland - 13 July 2016; Lewie Coyle of Leeds United in action against Carl Walshe of Shelbourne during a Pre-Season Friendly match between Shelbourne and Leeds United at Tolka...

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