Luke Ayling exit from Leeds United on the cards in January as clubs look to sign him
Luke Ayling is attracting “interest” from elsewhere as his Leeds United future remains uncertain, according to TEAMtalk’s Graeme Bailey.
Teamtalk report (16 November) the Elland Road hierarchy are preparing a “major overhaul” with at least two of the Whites’ most popular figures set to depart in 2023.
TEAMtalk and 90min’s transfer expert Bailey has suggested Adam Forshaw and Ayling are the players who are most likely to depart Elland Road.
“Leeds can expect changes next summer for sure and it will mean another overhaul of their squad, It is clear that Jesse Marsch still doesn’t have all the tools at his disposal,” said Bailey (TEAMtalk, 16 November).
“That will mean players leaving, and possibly even as soon as January. Adam Forshaw is on the chopping block, but it is understood a number of Championship clubs are lining up to land him.
“Luke Ayling like Forshaw is out of contract next summer, and I am told there is interest in him. However, it is a doubt that Leeds’ squad is deep enough for them to let him go.”
End of an era
Considering Ayling’s contract situation hasn’t changed, there is now a strong possibility that this will be his last season at the club. With Rasmus Kristensen being first choice under Jesse Marsch and Cody Drameh potentially seen as his understudy, it’s hard to see where Ayling fits in.
At 31, Ayling has to be playing first-team football considering he is entering the latter stages of his career. There will be a number of top-end Championship clubs vying for the right-back should a potential move arise in the coming weeks and months.
However, it’s hard to see how Leeds would sanction his exit in the January window, with there being questions over Drameh’s future in Yorkshire. Allowing both players to leave without adequate cover for Kristensen is almost certainly not on the cards.
Whatever happens with Ayling, he will go down as a modern legend for the Whites, with the full-back being instrumental in getting Leeds back into the Premier League.