This article is part of Football FanCast’s Loan Watch series, which takes a closer look at those players who are aiming to galvanise their careers away from the spotlight of their parent club.
Leeds have a plethora of full-backs to choose from within their squad.
An injury to Luke Ayling has seen Stuart Dallas thrive as he earned praise from supporters despite the Whites’ defeat against Stoke.
They meanwhile have Robbie Gotts and Bryce Hosannah within their ranks.
Therefore, the fact Lewie Coyle was sent out on loan was perhaps rather damning of the direction his Leeds career was heading in.
His displays for Fleetwood so far have been rather inconsistent, averaging a rating of 6.77, per WhoScored.
However, in two of his last three league games he’s been particularly impressive, claiming two assists.
It’s that threat going forward that makes him a player to admire, especially for a modern full back where there seems to be more reliance on attacking attributes compared to defensive ones.
Those are particular traits that Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa appears to love too.
Already this season we’ve see Ezgjan Alioski and Stuart Dallas score from a wing back role. The former has been especially creative too.
The North-Macedonia international created three chances against Brentford a few weeks ago, the highest number of anyone in the Leeds side.
It’s similar traits that Coyle has demonstrated for Fleetwood.
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In his performance against Oxford last weekend, he helped keep a clean sheet but was particularly assured with his passing.
The 23-year-old managed four key passes, of which one was fired home. He also managed one cross and five long balls according to WhoScored.
Bielsa clearly loves players that demonstrate those types of qualities considering he’s fielded Dallas and Alioski at wing-back this season so it should certainly stand him in good stead if he continues at the same sort of level.
The challenge, however, will be whether he can dislodge those ahead of him in the pecking order at Elland Road if and when he returns.
Any chance of that happening is unlikely though considering his current spell at Fleetwood is his third.