Jamie Redknapp has singled out Leeds United defender Luke Ayling for criticism for his role in Brighton’s opening goal on Saturday afternoon.
After sharp play from the Seagulls, the ball was slid across goal for Neal Maupay to tap home with no Whites defender within touching distance of the Frenchman.
Redknapp claimed that Ayling’s mistake summed up the Whites on a defensive level for the entire afternoon, as they struggled to maintain the away side.
Speaking on Sky Sports live coverage of the game, Redknapp singled out Ayling for his role in the opening goal.
“Luke Ayling switches off,” he said.
“It’s a vital moment in the game, as that ball gets played wide, a lovely bit of play here by Mac Allister and Trossard, sharp one-two, but at the back-post, Luke Ayling has got to follow Maupay.
“He doesn’t do it, doesn’t do his job and that’s pretty much summed up Leeds defensively.”
We can’t hide from this, it was shocking defending all round.
Stuart Dallas loses his man far too easily from a simple one-two, and the Ayling doesn’t even move for the entirety of the move before Maupay tapped home.
This throws more pressure on Marcelo Bielsa, especially when his marquee summer signing Diego Llorente is sat on the bench after recovering from injury.
Yes, he may not be at 100%, but it would surely be better than playing Ayling who has been exploited in the heart of the defence for many weeks now.
With the Southampton game cancelled, Llorente should have been risked with more than enough time to recover for the trip to Newcastle.
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