We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…
Luke Ayling should be starting at right-back ahead of Rasmus Kristensen every week, according to ex-Leeds United goalkeeper Paul Robinson.
Leeds paid around £10million [Sky Sports] to sign Kristensen, 25, from Red Bull Salzburg in the summer transfer window and he’s since started all but two Premier League matches for the Yorkshire club.
Ayling, 31, is part of the furniture at Elland Road but since recovering from an injury that ruled him out of action throughout the summer, the ex-Bristol City right-back has started just one senior match.
Ayling is fully fit now and he’s played five times as a substitute in the Premier League this term, as well as 90 minutes against Fulham on 23 October.
Robinson believes that Ayling should be staring over Kristensen at right-back for his leadership qualities and the fact that the Denmark international was guilty of mistakes in the win over Bournemouth at the weekend.
“Luke should be the number one right-back,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.
“Kristensen’s done a good job this season, he’s been effective.
“Leeds needed the cover in that area because of Luke’s injury because he was out for so long.
“But for me, if he’s fit, he plays.
“He’s a leader in that dressing room and a voice on the pitch as well.
“For me, Kristensen had a couple of mistakes in the game [against Bournemouth] and if Ayling’s fit, he has to play.
“It’s the same with Cooper as well. If he’s fit, he plays.”
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