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Leeds United: Graham Smyth slams Luke Ayling despite draw

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Journalist Graham Smyth has slammed Leeds United defender Luke Ayling for his performance during the club’s most recent game.

Jesse Marsch’s men travelled away from home on New Year’s Eve¬†in their latest Premier League fixture.

On paper, the third-placed Newcastle United were tricky opponents and Leeds had to work hard throughout the game and ride their luck a little, but they managed to come away with a point in a 0-0 draw.

Despite the win, it seems not everyone was quite at their best for the away team and Smyth singled out Ayling for his efforts, handing him a 4/10 in the player ratings for the Yorkshire Evening Post.

He also wrote: “Had a difficult time of it, in and out of possession in the first half. Joelinton gave him a serious problem.”

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As per Sofascore, won zero aerial duels, 3/7 ground duels, lost the ball 10 times, completed just 55% of his passing and failed with his only attempted dribble.

On that evidence, it was a particularly great performance by Ayling and it seems he failed the eye test too in light of Smyth’s damning comments. This will be a blow for the 31-year-old as he was handed a rare start ahead of Rasmus Kristensen before being subbed off for the Dane in the 70th minute.

However, he did still help his side keep a clean sheet and pick up a valuable point on the road. And so, it will be interesting to see if Marsch keeps the right-back in his team next time out or if he drops him after this ‘difficult’ day at the office.

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