By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

16th Sep, 2022 | 1:10pm

'Huge boost' for Leeds United as Luke Ayling announcement made - Sky Sports pundit

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Paul Robinson says it’s a “huge boost” for Leeds United to have Luke Ayling back and available to play with the right-back set to feature for the Under-21s on Friday.

Ayling, 31, made his first appearance of the season against Brentford on 3 September when he came off the bench to supply an assist in the 5-2 defeat in West London.

He’s set to continue his recovery to full match fitness on Friday night (16 September) when Leeds’ Under-21s welcome Southampton to Elland Road in Premier League 2.

As confirmed by United on 13 September, Patrick Bamford, Liam Cooper and Junior Firpo are also set to play a role while summer signings Darko Gyabi and Sonny Perkins will also feature.

Robinson is delighted to see Ayling, Cooper and Bamford back in the fold.

Speaking to MOT Leeds News, the pundit said: “They’re three key players and not just for their quality but for their leadership on the field.

There aren’t many leaders or voices on that pitch at the moment but Ayling and Cooper have two of the biggest presences out there.

Ayling’s been missing for a long time so to have him back, on and off the field, would be a huge boost.

We’ve talked over and over again about Bamford’s importance to the side so for those three to come back, they’re three big players.

Rasmus Kristensen was signed in the summer to play as Jesse Marsch’s right-back in the Premier League but the Dane has so far failed to impress fans.

Leeds’ next game isn’t until October due to postponements and the international break.

It’ll be interesting to see whether Ayling is back in the 11 or whether Marsch sticks with Kristensen.

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