According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Fleetwood Town look set to bring Leeds United defender Lewis Coyle to Highbury once again, with Cod Army manager Joey Barton reportedly been keen on bringing the 22-year-old back to the League One club for a second season, after a successful spell on loan last year.

Leeds United will most likely be keen to let Coyle go out to Fleetwood Town with new Whites head coach Marcelo Bielsa suggesting that he wants a smaller squad for this upcoming season and is that the West-Yorkshire side has around 15 players too many at present despite the fact that Coyle has featured for the Whites in the past making 15 appearances for the senior team.

Coyle made 42 appearances for Fleetwood Town last season and picked up two player of the year awards after his consistent displays for the League One side and now looks set to join back up with his former temporary employers after being set at the top of Joey Barton’s wish list.

Barton was appointed in his first managerial job at Fleetwood in a shock deal that many didn’t expect, which gives the ex-Newcastle United and Manchester City player a chance to impress on the sidelines, rather than on the pitch.

With Barton only being 35, its a big task for him taking on his first managerial job in a division with the likes of Bradford City, Sunderland and Portsmouth, however if he can stamp his own brand of football down and get his players to buy into his philosophies he could be highly popular with Fleetwood Town players, supporters and most importantly, his chairman.


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