By Mark Smith

28th Dec, 2019 | 12:00pm

MOT View: Manager comments on January could cast doubt over reported interest in Leeds youngster

It has been made pretty clear in recent years that Lewie Coyle hasn’t got much of a future at Leeds United.

The full-back could have followed in the footsteps of Charlie Taylor by earning valuable experience on loan at Fleetwood Town before making a name for himself at Elland Road.

That doesn’t look to be the case with Football Insider reporting that Marcelo Bielsa has given the green light for the Whites to sanction his exit at the nearest time possible.

Blackpool manager Simon Grayson has recently commented on his plans for the January market, claiming that his defence might not be the problem this season.

“After the last two games it’s probably the top end of the pitch more where we need to look at and the creative side,” he told the Blackpool Gazette.

“Defensively I don’t think we’ve looked too bad but we’re still looking in all areas of the pitch.”

That could cast a big shadow over whether or not Coyle will be able to secure a permanent move away from Elland Road just yet.

With Luke Ayling, Stuart Dallas, and youngsters such as Bryce Hosannah coming through, Bielsa is stacked for options at full-back should the worst happen.

Coyle most likely suffered by already being out on loan once Bielsa arrived at Thorp Arch, and didn’t have the chance to impress – something which has most likely sealed his fate in West Yorkshire.

Grayson’s comments wouldn’t fill Coyle with the hope that a permanent move is coming, and it certainly casts doubt over Blackpool’s reported interest.

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