By Sam Stone

15th Nov, 2022 | 9:10pm

Leeds United lifeline on the cards for Luke Ayling amid latest Elland Road transfer development

It’s been a tough start to the season for Luke Ayling with the Leeds United veteran finding himself down the pecking order at Elland Road.

Rasmus Kristensen operating as the first choice right back under Jesse Marsch was always going to happen after the Dane’s multimillion-pound move from RB Salzburg in the summer. The 25-year-old has featured 12 times in the Premier League so far, registering one assist.

Ayling, 31, has been restricted to just seven appearances, with the majority of them coming from off the bench. Furthermore, his current contract comes to a close in the summer of 2023, with Ayling now seemingly fighting for his life at Elland Road.

However, he could well have been thrown a lifeline, after it was revealed Cody Drameh is attracting interest from across the Premier League and Europe.

The Guardian’s Fabrizio Romano (via Twitter, 14 November) has reported that a number of sides including Borussia Dortmund, Lille, Bayer Leverkusen, and Newcastle are looking at the 20-year-old. Drameh’s current contract at Leeds runs until the summer of 2024, so it’s easy to see why other clubs are now circling.

With Drameh’s emergence for Marsch’s men, it’s likely he would have been the second choice right back for Leeds in the not-too-distant future. However, the 20-year-old may well be at a point in his career where he is now looking to play more regular first-team football.

If he does leave Elland Road in the coming months, then Ayling could well be looked at as a more concrete option for Marsch for the coming seasons.

Drameh’s situation is one all fans should be keeping a keen eye on as it could have implications for Ayling and his future in Yorkshire.

In other Leeds United news, the club have now put up a first-team player on sale as they expect top EFL sides to make a move for him in January.