Jesse Marsch has told Wednesday’s press conference – as per the club’s YouTube channel – that he is “very fortunate” to have Luke Ayling, and thinks the Leeds icon will get plenty more game time sooner rather than later for Leeds.
For his first time in his six-year Leeds stint, Ayling finds himself as the club’s second-choice right-back. The signing of Rasmus Kristensen has seen Ayling relegated to the bench – coming on in a handful of matches as a substitute.
Coming into the season, he had played 220 times in six seasons, averaging around 35 appearances a season. This time around, Ayling has only managed three outings as a sub. He was injured for the Carabao Cup win over Barnsley.
Asked about £35,000-a-week Ayling, Marsch said that Ayling has continued to display a top attitude despite being benched. He says that he is “very fortunate” to have Ayling in the side – and that he still has plenty to offer Leeds.
“My way of working with all the guys is to communicate clearly, what the plans are, what the next steps are to grow. I’ve tried to communicate what we need from him, to be an example with things like decision making.
“He has done that really well, to a high level and will get plenty of minutes. He’s incredibly mature with how he deals with things. I am very fortunate to have him in our group, and he still has a lot to offer from a playing side too.”
Marsch: Very fortunate to have Ayling at Leeds
Ayling will be up there for the best second-choice right-backs in the Premier League. Unfortunately for Ayling, is that he is going to struggle to get past Denmark’s no.1 right-back. Kristensen’s form has been improving in recent games.
A superb display against Villa, following by a decent effort at keeping Wilfried Zaha quiet at Palace. Against Arsenal, he began to have an impact in attack. Ayling will have to wait for an opportunity – but it does not look forthcoming.