So far this season, Ayling has been in fine form over his 24 Premier League appearances for Leeds, making an average of 2.6 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, and two clearances per game, culminating in an average WhoScored match rating of 6.96 – ranking him as Marcelo Bielsa’s joint fifth-best performer in the top flight, prior to the Southampton fixture.
However, after starting his 25th league fixture of the season against Southampton on Tuesday evening, it appears that fans of Leeds were far from happy with the performance of the £8k per week defender, with many taking to Twitter to criticise the £3.15 million-rated man’s display.
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So, what exactly did these Leeds United fans have to say in reaction to Luke Ayling’s performance against Southampton?
“Anyone else noticed Ayling has been a bit off recently?”
“Come on Ayling man… what’s happening?!”
“Ayling hasn’t looked himself tonight.”
“Ayling’s having a stinker…”
“What is wrong with Ayling tonight? He’s all over the place.”
“Is Ayling standing in quicksand out there? Almost every time they’ve just run straight around him.”
“Ayling needs to buck his ideas up.”
“Up there as one of Ayling’s worst games under Bielsa, this.”
“Ayling lad having a mare.”
All in all, it would seem as if these Leeds fans were far from happy with the performance of Ayling, and, considering the defender lost possession of the ball 22 times, as well as learning a slightly disappointing SofaScore match rating of 6.6, it is not difficult to understand why.