Exclusive: Brown reveals 'Special' Leeds player he's trying to copy in lockdown

Michael Brown has revealed he’s been trying to emulate Luke Ayling’s remarkable goal-of-the-season contender for Leeds United during the lockdown.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider editor Russell Edge, the ex-Leeds midfielder explained he had been “having banter about him all week”.

EFL highlights host Quest have narrowed down the three best goals of the Football League campaign to Ayling’s wonder goal against Huddersfield Town last month as well as memorable strikes from Sunderland’s Lynden Gooch and Barnsley’s Cauley Woodrow.

Leeds fans have been ensuring plenty of votes for their right-back’s sensational finish to Jack Harrison’s radar-precise cross that finished off a memorable move in the 2-0 win at Elland Road.

Brown told Football Insider: “Luke Ayling, we’ve been having banter about him all week and his goal maybe winning the EFL on Quest’s goal of the season. He’s out in the lead.

“I’ve tried to recreate it [during the lockdown], have a little bit of a volley. What a special goal. I think he’s done very, very well, Luke Ayling, I think he’s well-liked down there.”

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Ayling was playing the best football of his career before football’s suspension came into effect days after that win against Huddersfield.

The 28-year-old missed the opening two months of the campaign due to injury but subsequently started 27 Championship matches out of 28 in United’s promotion-chasing campaign.

He has weighed in with four goals and four assists from defence, including a remarkable three goals in the five United matches before the suspension.

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