Pundit issues claim on Luke Ayling causing Leeds United dressing room rift
The Leeds United squad will have no issue with Luke Ayling’s red card against Arsenal on Sunday (8 May) because of his efforts for the past two seasons.
That is the view of ex-Aston Villa and England international Gabby Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the impact of Ayling’s suspension on the dressing room.
The right-back, 31, was shown a straight red card for a foul on Gabriel Martinelli as the Whites lost 2-1 at the Emirates at the weekend.
He will serve a three-game suspension meaning he will miss the rest of the Premier League season starting with the visit of Chelsea on Wednesday night (11 May).
The Athletic‘s Phil Hay reported on Monday (9 May) that Jesse Marsch had accepted Ayling’s apology to the dressing room.
Asked whether his teammates will remain unhappy with their vice-captain, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “They will be fine.
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“He’s been a good player all season and since he’s been there. He’s been the captain, he’s a leader so he’ll know he didn’t mean to get sent off.
“What the manager will be looking at is he now misses the rest of the season with a three-game ban.
“You look at the table, Chelsea need to win because Spurs and Arsenal can still catch them. They will be up for that game, especially after the Wolves result.
“Leeds are up against it even more because Chelsea need the points. If Leeds lose this game then they will still be in the bottom three so it’s scary times for them.”
Ayling started all 38 of Leeds’ Premier League games last season and has featured in 26 of their 35 top-flight matches this term.
The London-born ace is under contract at Elland Road until the end of next season.