Leeds United's Lewie Coyle set for a dramatic transformation at Fleetwood

Fans of Leeds United celebrate during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers at Elland Road on December 26, 2018 in Leeds, England.

Lewie Coyle is on loan at Joey Barton's League One outfit Fleetwood Town from Championship title chasers Leeds.

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

Lewie Coyle has been a shining star at right-back during his time at Fleetwood Town but manager Joey Barton has told The Gazette that the Leeds loanee could be set for an entirely new role.

The 23-year-old defender has been plying his trade at Highbury since the summer of 2017 and was a huge hit in his first season with the League One club, winning the Players’ Player of the Year award before being named the fans’ Young Player of the Year too.

Coyle, who rose through the ranks at Leeds, has impressed at right-back with his combative and attack-minded approach. But he was moved into an unfamiliar central midfield position during Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Luton Town.


And though Barton admits that there is plenty of room for improvement, it seems that Coyle could soon become a fixture in the centre of the park.

“He said he felt he was running around a little bit like a headless chicken but I thought he was good in there,” said the former Manchester City and Newcastle midfielder.

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.

“We are at a stage when we need to look at a few different things. The problem is Coyley has been outstanding too (at right-back).”

It remains to be seen what the future holds for Coyle at his parent club but his hopes of a role at Elland Road will surely be increased if he proves that he can ‘do a job’ in a number of different positions.

Leeds already have a number of right-back options with Luke Ayling, Stuart Dallas and Gaetano Berardi, although all three have struggled with injuries at times.

Oxford United's Jordan Graham holds off the challenge from Fleetwood Town's Lewis Coyle during the Sky Bet League One match between Fleetwood Town and Oxford United at Highbury Stadium on...

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