'Liability', 'Awful', 'Woeful' - Many Leeds fans tear one player to shreds at HT v Preston
Leeds United fans were less than impressed with Luke Ayling’s performance in the first half of their clash against Preston at Elland Road on Boxing Day.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side were nowhere near their best in the opening 45 minutes as the visitors piled pressure on the host’s defence and forced plenty of errors from those in white.
One the players who has been singled out for his poor performance in the first half was 28-year-old Ayling, who definitely felt the pressure of Preston’s press.
Ayling gave the ball away cheaply on several occasions and never really stood up that well defensively when the away side’s attackers were running at him.
It would be a bit premature to take the former Bristol City right-back off at half time but we have seen in Bielsa’s first season and a half in charge at Elland Road that he is not shy to hook players at the break if they are underperforming.
Some Leeds fans on Twitter certainly believe that they have seen enough from Ayling after a sloppy first half by him.
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Here is a selection of their tweets:
Ayling is shocking #lufc #mot #ALAW
— Paul Dowling (@Capt_J_Longcock) December 26, 2019
Luke Ayling definitely been on red wine at dinner time today
— Jamie Nicholas (@Jamienicholas01) December 26, 2019
be so tempted to put gotts on already. dallas to right back as ayling is all over the place
— ⓓⓔⓐⓝ (@deancore) December 26, 2019
Ayling bloody awful!
— White Soul💛💙"Souly"🤍 (@EllandRoadGlory) December 26, 2019
Ayling having a mare here. #LUFC
— Mat Thomas (@EmptyUK) December 26, 2019
Ayling been on the ale? he’s been awful
— Tom Raine (@tomraine_) December 26, 2019
Ayling is becoming a liability with his passing.#lufc
— MaltaWhite (@carl_bulger) December 26, 2019
This is utter pish by Leeds, Ayling & Cooper look totally lost and they will cost us if they continue like this. Preston are not giving us space and yet we have no plan B
— Take A Chance (@bakey_takey) December 26, 2019
In other Leeds United news, Angus Kinnear has confirmed one player is on his way out of Elland Road next month.