By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

25th Nov, 2022 | 8:10am

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Paul Robinson cannot understand why Rasmus Kristensen is now the first-choice right-back at Leeds United over Luke Ayling.

Kristensen, 25, joined the Whites from Red Bull Salzburg in January and he’s since started 12 Premier League matches while Ayling, 31, has only started one.

TeamTalk reported on 16 November that Ayling is attracting interest from other clubs with his contract at Elland Road currently due to expire at the end of the season.

It is understood that a “major overhaul” could happen at Leeds next year with a number of senior players potentially on the chopping block.

Ayling is said to be one of the players who could be shifted on if the club is happy with their options at right-back but Robinson cannot work out why that would be a good decision by the Elland Road hierarchy.

“You’ve got to keep Luke Ayling and, in my opinion, he should be playing. I don’t know why he isn’t playing,” said Robinson to MOT Leeds News.

I don’t know what Rasmus Kristensen brings to the side that Luke doesn’t.

He’s been unfortunate with injury but I think he’s a better player, a better leader. And in all honesty, I think Jesse Marsch signed Kristensen just as one of his own players.

If Luke was to leave, a new manager would come in eventually and want a player of that calibre.

If his future isn’t at Leeds, he’s got a decision to make or does he sit it out and wait for a new manager to come in? That’s inevitable in football. Whatever it may be, two months or six months. Or does he want to play football elsewhere?

But I can’t understand why he’s not playing. He’s the better of the two right-backs and it’s clearly the manager’s preference for him to not to be playing.

It’s down to Luke and what he wants to do with his career.

If he did become available, there’ll be no shortage of takers for him.”

Ayling has played just eight times in all competitions this season due to the arrival of Kristensen in the summer, coupled with injury issues that have plagued him since the summer.

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