Leeds fans react on Twitter to Luke Ayling display aganst Derby
By Harry Sykes
Luke Ayling played the full 90 minutes of Leeds’ 1-0 win over Derby on Friday night at centre-back – and fans took to Twitter to hail his display.
The defender, who has spent the entirety of the season at right-back, was re-deployed by manager Garry Monk due to the unavailability of two senior central defenders.
Pontus Jansson was serving the first match of a two-game suspension and Liam Cooper was ruled out due to an injury incurred in Monday’s FA Cup win at Cambridge.
Monk, who was also without first-choice left-back Charlie Taylor reshuffled his defence, with academy product Lewie Coyle slotting in at right-back and Ayling moving across to partner defensive lynchpin Kyle Bartley.
Supporters were mightily impressed by the performance of former Bristol City man Ayling, who has emerged as a hugely popular figure since joining last summer.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
I love Leeds United and I love Luke Ayling. #LUFC
— Luke McManus (@Manners93) January 14, 2017
Don’t know what I want but I know how to get it! I’m gonna go out and watch the Leeds
Cos I, wanna see. .Luke Ayling
Sex pistols #lufc
— Alan Swales (@swalesey_LUFC) January 14, 2017
Incredible result. Now if you don’t mind, I’m off to write erotic fan fiction about Luke Ayling & Kyle Bartley. Good night ? #LUFC
— AL FANDANGO (@al_fandango) January 14, 2017
Knew Ayling wouldn’t let us down at CB but concerned about what we’d lose at RB, Coyle however was outstanding tonight #lufc
— markcally (@markcally8) January 14, 2017
— Aidan Webster (@aidywebs) January 13, 2017
— eddieleeds (@eddieleeds1) January 14, 2017
Ayling is a grower, fast becoming my favourite player, awesome tonight. Watch out Pontus, you’re fighting for your place! #lufc
— Pontus Jansson’s hat (@mcurr01) January 13, 2017
— PM-The Don’s Best! (@IanPaul86) January 13, 2017
Leeds’ win against Derby was their sixth in seven matches in all competitions and continues their excellent form either side of the festive period.
Monk’s side have climbed to third in the table ahead of the rest of the weekend league fixtures, their highest position for more than three years.
They are now just four points adrift of Newcastle in the second automatic promotion spot.
In other Leeds news, Monk has made a shock transfer revelation after meeting with new owner Andrea Radrizzani.