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Luke Ayling should replace Rasmus Kristensen in Jesse Marsch’s starting line-up this weekend when Leeds United welcome Bournemouth to Elland Road, according to Paul Robinson.
Leeds moved out of the Premier League’s relegation zone with a shock 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield last week.
And although there well-known cliche says that winning teams shouldn’t be changed, Robinson feels that the one change he’d make for Saturday’s showdown with the Cherries would be for Ayling, 31, to replace 25-year-old Kristensen at right-back.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “It’s difficult to change a team that’s won at Anfield but I’d bring Ayling back in.
“Kristensen’s done a good job this year but we need leaders on the field.
“I think what we’ve seen in recent times is that the manager’s a big believer of players not playing two or three times a week or over short spaces of time.
“He left Liam Cooper out at Leicester for that reason because I can’t see any other reason. If you look at the manager’s thought on that specific incident, the players can’t play too many games too close together so for me, Ayling has to come back in.
“Kristensen has done very well but I think it’s time for Luke to come back in regularly now.”
Leeds paid £10million to sign Kristensen from RB Leipzig in the summer [Sky Sports].
He’s since played in all but two games, missing the loss to Brentford through injury and the loss to Fulham as he sat on the bench while Ayling played all 90 minutes.
After a slow start, Kristensen’s displays at right-back have improved while Ayling has played just 138 minutes of Premier League action this term after returning from injury.