By Alan Hutton

26th Feb, 2021 | 7:00am

Luke Ayling is the Leeds 'weak link' Aston Villa can 'exploit & this is why - Hutton

Aston Villa could “exploit” the attacking tendencies of Leeds United favourite Luke Ayling on Sunday, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Villa defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested his old teammates would have find a way to counter-attack the Whites’ high press on their visit to Elland Road.

Marcelo Bielsa started Ayling, 29, and Stuart Dallas as wing-backs in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Southampton.

The Northern Ireland international even managed to get on the scoresheet with a well-taken shot from outside the penalty box.

Ezgjan Alioski and Jamie Shackleton have also been utilised as backup defenders in recent weeks.

Hutton suggested the Villans would have to try use Leeds’ attacking intent to their advantage and tipped the full-backs as somewhere to exploit.

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Asked where Aston Villa could get the better of Leeds and who is the “weak link”, Hutton told Football Insider: “I think if the likes of Alioski plays, Ayling will play, they like to get forward and make overloads in the wide areas.

“It’s about picking out that good pass into the wide channels and getting in behind them. I think that’s one of the areas Villa could try and exploit.

“I think we all know how they play, they’re very on the front foot and they can be counter-attacked. It’s going to be a tough test.

“I think it’s going to be a really difficult game. It’s one I’m actually looking forward to because it could be quite open.”

Leeds thrashed Dean Smith’s men 3-0 at Villa Park in the reverse tie thanks to a Patrick Bamford hat-trick.

In other news, Kevin Campbell claims a Leeds United forward should quit Elland Road if he has any ambition.