By Gabriel Agbonlahor

22nd Sep, 2021 | 5:00pm

Crushing Ayling update is 'last thing Leeds need' - pundit

Luke Ayling’s injury is the “last thing” Leeds United need after their poor start, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England attacker claimed Leeds may suffer from “second season syndrome” as Sheffield United did last term.

Ayling missed last night’s penalty shoot-out victory over Fulham in the Carabao Cup after limping off against Newcastle United last Friday.

The club confirmed ahead of the Fulham game he was continuing his rehabilitation work at Thorp Ahead of the game against West Ham this weekend.

“It’s the last thing Leeds need when you’ve got a small squad,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“When you’ve not been able to improve the squad and bring in players the last thing you want is a team that’s getting injuries and that’s what is happening.

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“It’s worrying times for Leeds because teams aren’t scared of them anymore.

“They’ve got West Ham next and that’s not going to be an easy game. They’ve just lost to Man United in the league, you’d back West Ham to beat Leeds.

“This is going to be a worry for Leeds fans, especially with what happened last season.

“I said it at the start of the season, Sheffield United had it last season. Second season syndrome. Teams get used to how you play. It’s normal.”

Ayling missed just 20 minutes of Premier League football last term.

Diego Llorente and Robin Koch are also injury doubts for the visit of West Ham while Pascal Struijk will serve the final game of a three-match suspension.

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