By Sean Fisher

25th Oct, 2022 | 9:40pm

Josh Warrington keen to see Jesse Marsch make Luke Ayling decision at Leeds United

Josh Warrington wants to see Luke Ayling regularly in the Leeds United lineup after the vice-captain made his return against Fulham.

Sunday’s match against Fulham was a gloomy affair for many reasons, but one rare shining light was Ayling’s return to the lineup.

The 31-year-old right-back is enjoying his sixth year at Elland Road, and Leeds-loving featherweight boxer Warrington wants to see Ayling back in Jesse Marsch’s team sheet.

“He’s a great piece of the team, he’s a good attacking defender and he gets down the wings,” Warrington told GiveMeSport, as quoted by LeedsAllOver.

“I think he gets what it is to be Leeds, and some of the players we’ve had at the club over the years had just not really fit in, and there’s not many that understand Leeds United.”

Rasmus Kristensen has been Marsch’s first-choice right-back since joining in the summer, but Warrington sees no reason to offload Ayling as he can provide competition in the squad.

“It just makes it competitive. You know if you just ship him on when you get a replacement, what happens if that replacement gets injured? What happens if that replacement gets a bit lackadaisical? “

Experience matters

With the club’s current situation looking dire, Marsch needs to lean on his most trusted players more than ever.

Ayling certainly falls into that category. After six years at the club, Marsch will be stretched to find a player more invested in Leeds United.

He’s been such a crucial part of the squad since he arrived from Bristol City in 2016, and while he isn’t the most talented player in the squad, he can always be relied upon to give 100 per cent.

On top of that, Ayling’s threat going forward is definitely something Marsch could use to help dry up Leeds’ goal drought. while Kristensen is very physical and strong at defending, Ayling offers a more attacking approach that could tempt Marsch as he desperately looks to hold onto his job.

Frankly, Leeds face an incredibly tough period between now and the World Cup, with extremely difficult fixtures against Liverpool and Manchester City on the horizon. Team spirit and togetherness will have to be at its best if Leeds hope to salvage any points at all – Ayling is Marsch’s best option for achieving that.

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