By Craig Scott

13th Mar, 2020 | 2:56pm

EFL rivals accept they made mistake selling player to Leeds for as cheap as they did - Phil Hay

Bristol City accept that they made a mistake by selling Luke Ayling to Leeds United for as cheap as they did, according to Phil Hay.

Writing on The Athletic website, the former Yorkshire Evening Post reporter claimed that the Robins, and manager Lee Johnson, admit that they got it wrong to sell Ayling, 28, to Leeds three-and-a-half years ago for just £250,000.

It is understood that Bristol City had reasons for selling Ayling at the time, such as the financial aspect of the deal and worries about him fitting into their side.

However, now that the right-back is shining at Elland Road, there seems to be a sense of regret.

Ayling scored a goal of the season contender last week when he volleyed in a beauty against Huddersfield as Leeds won 2-0 to go top of the Championship table.

The ex-Arsenal academy product has now scored three goals in his last five league appearances for Leeds, with one of those goals being a winner against former club Bristol City last month.

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Ayling’s been fantastic in the last month and not just because he’s scoring goals more regularly than anyone else in Marcelo Bielsa’s squad.

His ability to get up and down the right-flank, defend, attack and cause issues for opposition defences is why he’s a serious contender for Leeds’ player of the season award.

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