Tyler Denton Player Profile
Debut: MK Dons (H, 0-3), 03/09/2019
From Leeds United to Stevenage, Tyler Denton could just have easily jumped on an East Coast train service to complete his summer 2019 move south. As we weren’t party to the negotiations between him and the gaffer, we’ll never know if that was how it went. But we can confirm the attacking left-back saw his future at the Boro’ after an entire career spent at Elland Road up to that point.
Denton, who can also play as a midfielder if the need arises, started out as a footballer in 2003; joining the Leeds academy before his age hit double figures. Climbing through the ranks, he turned pro in summer 2014 and was named U21 captain a year later. He’d also turned out for England U17s by this point too. While then-boss Gary Monk handed him a first team debut in August 2016, the appearances didn’t exactly rack up fast.
Loan spells became the path to first team football for Denton. First, he spent some time at Port Vale from summer 2017. Here, however, he fell out of favour after Vale changed their manager and then returned to Leeds for personal reasons.
In what seems to be a gradual move south, the next loan spell for the defender was at Peterborough United. Here, he spent the whole 2018-9 campaign. Chances to shine, however, were at a premium due to the form of other players at London Road. Posh chairman Darragh McAnthony wasn’t that impressed either. But that’s by the by as far as we were thinking at the time of Denton’s arrival at the Lamex.
With a zest for getting forward and bagging the odd goal where possible, Denton came with the potential to ignite the Boro’ left flank. As with any signing, hindsight will tell us how that worked out in years to come. But with the offer of a chance to really make a name for himself in League Two, Denton might well have chosen well with Boro’. And, to be fair, us likewise…