BBC pundit and former Leeds United player Noel Whelan has claimed this week that he doesn’t believe Tyler Denton will make it with us and he expects him to move on come the summer.
The 23-year-old Academy prospect has only ever made three appearances for Leeds, although he did open his senior goalscoring account in the EFL Cup clash with Luton Town as he made his debut for us, and although he’s made an additional 35 appearances in total during two loan spells out with Port Vale and Peterborough United in recent years, his season long loan with the Posh in 2018/19 has only returned 14 matches.
Speaking to Football Insider this week, Whelan felt that with a year remaining on his deal, and in light of his age, he now needs to find pastures new to kickstart his own career as we appear to have younger options in the Under 23 setup who you’d presume would now be ahead of him.
“It’s a shame but he won’t be at Leeds next season. He’s not been playing in League One under a couple of different managers, and that tells you a lot. If a player is not playing regularly first-team football in League One, he is not going to be in the Leeds squad next season, simple as that. It’s not as if Tyler Denton is really young anymore, either. The reality is he’s probably not good enough for Leeds. If he was good enough, he wouldn’t be struggling to get in Peterborough’s team. He looked a really good young player a few years ago. I saw him score a screamer against Luton in the cup. But he’s not really kicked on, and now we’re really struggling at left-back.”
I haven’t followed his spell so I don’t know if injuries have played a part in the lack of game time, but if his time at Elland Road is over come the summer, he won’t be the first player who maybe needs new surroundings to kick on and really find their feet, regardless of the early promise people saw in him.
It’s the nature of the game, unfortunately.