Leeds 25-year-old named in Football League TOTW after display v Preston
By Will Butcher
Luke Ayling has been named in this week’s EFL team of the week after starring in Leeds’ emphatic 4-1 victory over Preston.
The 25-year-old was in fine form against the Lilywhites as he offered an attacking outlet on the right flank but remained defensively solid at right-back.
Ayling was named alongside the likes of Bolton’s David Wheater and Sheffield Wednesday’s Sam Hutchinson in a side that was posted on the the English Football League’s official Twitter account.
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Signed from Championship rivals Bristol City in the summer for around £750,000, Ayling has been one of Leeds’ unsung heroes as they continue their assault on the top of the Championship.
Despite competition from Switzerland international Gaetano Berardi and highly-rated youngster Lewie Coyle, Ayling has made the right-back slot his own in Garry Monk’s side.
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The former Arsenal youth player offers a calmness on the ball on the right side of defence, but is more than willing to put his body on the line for the Yorkshire giants.
Now Monk’s undisputed right-back, Ayling will be looking to do all he can to maintain Leeds’ place in the top six of England’s second tier and gain promotion to the Premier League come May.
Just two points off third place, Leeds will be hoping they can leap frog Huddersfield and Reading by beating Aston Villa at Villa Park on Thursday evening.
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