Both Kalvin Phillips and Matt Kilgallon have taken to Instagram to laud Luke Ayling after Leeds United’s goalless draw with Brentford at Elland Road on Sunday.

Jesse Marsch’s men will have mixed feelings about their point against the Bees. Thomas Frank’s side have been superb this season. And Leeds were definitely the better team for most of the game.

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But with that, there is a sense of frustration that the Whites could not find the goal which would have given them the three points.

Phillips and Kilgallon laud Ayling after Leeds draw

However, there is no question that Leeds can be pleased with much of their display. And defensively, they were superb, with Max Wober and Robin Koch impressing against Brentford’s dangerous forward line.

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But there was also an excellent display from Ayling at right-back. The 31-year-old made five tackles and won six aerial duels. And there were moments when he did threaten to make an impact in the final third.

It was not the perfect performance, perhaps. Rico Henry did have a bit of joy at times down Leeds’ right flank. But considering the issues the Whites have had at right-back this season, it was a very good showing from Ayling.

It was also an important one. Ayling made a really poor error in the FA Cup win against Cardiff days before the Brentford game. So he had a point to prove.

And it is fair to say that he did exactly that. Certainly, both Phillips and Kilgallon have lauded Ayling on social media after the defender took to Instagram following the draw…


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It is a little concerning that Ayling has wrestled his place back from Rasmus Kristensen. Kristensen arrived in the summer. But the Dane has really struggled to step up in the Premier League.

Ayling’s display is not necessarily good news for Cody Drameh. But it is now the vice-captain’s place to lose in the coming weeks.

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