Luke Ayling tipped to start at right-back in Leeds United v West Ham United by Sky Sports pundit

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Paul Robinson believes Luke Ayling could continue to play at right-back for Leeds United after working his way into the starting line-up against Newcastle.

Ayling, 31, has been a fringe player for Leeds this season, with his start against Newcastle on New Year’s Eve being just his second Premier League start of the campaign.

Rasmus Kristensen’s arrival in the summer had seen Ayling drop down Jesse Marsch’s pecking order.

However, Ayling’s start at St James Park’ on 31 December, in which Leeds kept a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw, could mean that he’ll continue in the starting line-up, starting with the clash against West Ham at Elland Road on 4 January.

“I would like to think that’s Ayling’s opportunity now, that he’s been given the start, that the manager sticks with him and the defensive display was excellent,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

“I know he brought Kristensen on but it was a clean sheet and Ayling was a big part of that.

I’d like to think he stays in the team and that continues now.”

Ayling’s two starts for Leeds this season have come in a 3-2 defeat to Fulham at home and that goalless draw away at Newcastle.

He also started in the 1-0 Carabao Cup defeat at Wolves before the World Cup break, in which he wore the captain’s armband.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have already made an approach to sign a player who could be the next arrival at Elland Road after Max Wober.