By Nick Ware

7th Mar, 2021 | 4:15pm

Luke Ayling is buzzing for return of Leeds fans to Elland Road

Luke Ayling has issued a rallying cry to Leeds United supporters – he can’t wait for them to be back at Elland Road.

The Whites defender has been a popular figure in West Yorkshire since his 2016 move from Bristol City and that level of adulation has reached new heights after an impressive maiden Premier League campaign.

He has clearly been missing that love in close quarters with fans being barred from attending games over the past year due to the restrictions in place to combat the covid-19 pandemic, though The Athletic recently reported that supporters could be back from May 18.

The 29-year-old sent a message to fans on his personal Twitter account on the year anniversary of the last time fans were allowed to attend Elland Road v Huddersfield Town on March 7 2020.

He tweeted: “Cannot wait to hear that roar again.

“Never take hearing Marching On Together sang by 37,000 for granted again.

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“Not longe now people. Stay safe and see you soon.”

The tweet Ayling was replying to was from the official Leeds United Twitter who posted a video of that Huddersfield game where Ayling and Bamford both scored in a 2-0 win.

Counting down the days

We can’t wait either – imagine the buzz once we’re back in Elland Road after such a long absence.

The last time we were there we had a Championship badge on our shirts.

That has since been replaced by the Premier League lion and there will certainly be roars the next time we get to see the Whites live in the flesh.

It was a great shame we were not able to will the side on to glory last season, or welcome them back into the big-time after a 16 year absence, but it will all be worthwhile in the end.

The return of fans could ever spur Marcelo Bielsa and his charges on to new heights.

According to Transfermarkt we currently have the ninth-worst home record in the league with 17 points from 13 league games, and we actually pick up more [18] away from home.

We know the difference a packed Elland Road can make, willing on our own team and intimidating the opposition.

The Whites are going to be a force to be reckoned with next season.

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