By Mark Smith

11th Jan, 2020 | 6:30am

'Enormous potential' - Manager comments on 24y/o as Leeds confirm Friday deal

Leeds United confirmed on Friday afternoon that defender Lewie Coyle had completed his permanent move to Fleetwood Town.

The Whites academy graduate had spent the past couple of seasons on loan with the League One side, and even won their Player’s Player of the Year award in 2018.

Coyle has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal at Highbury Stadium, after only managing to make 23 senior appearances for the Whites.

Fleetwood boss Joey Barton commented on the move on Friday, claiming the 24-year-old has massive potential after making his loan move permanent.

“We are delighted to sign Lewie on a permanent basis,” he said, via the Shields Gazette.

“He has developed so much as a player and we see enormous potential in him.

“There were a number of clubs interested in him because he has been doing so well, but he’s decided that this is the place he is going to improve.”

Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds have started to clear out some of the deadwood in their squad. Players such as Eunan O’Kane and Laurens De Bock could also seal exits in the near future.

Coyle never put a foot wrong in West Yorkshire, and the harsh reality is that he wasn’t good enough to jump ahead of either Luke Ayling or Stuart Dallas.

Leeds have just cleared more space in the future for another player to potentially come in, with Barton clearly delighted that they have decided to do so.

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