Luke Ayling 'not happy' in Leeds United training after 'heated' Cody Drameh moment
Luke Ayling was left unhappy with Ewan Sharp after the Leeds United assistant coach asked the defender to pass the ball to Cody Drameh, according to Leeds Live.
The Whites are currently on their midseason tour of Spain with Jesse Marsch looking to get his side fit and firing for when the Premier League restarts at the end of December.
Leeds are set to face Elche on Thursday before returning home, and Leeds Live have documented (7 December) a “heated” training session before the side head south to face the La Liga side.
“It was heated and it was ultra-competitive. If you needed a reminder of just what hunger it’s taken for these players to get to this level, you could see it in their contention on every individual point,” they wrote.
“Ayling was not happy with one particular call when he was asked to use one of the outside, neutral players (Drameh). The defender was shouting the odds in the direction of assistant coach Ewan Sharp.
“There would be a hug for Drameh as Ayling laughed it all off in the next passage of play. Hjelde would later get it in the neck from Mateusz Klich for a pass the Pole wasn’t happy with.”
It’s hard to sometimes fathom the competitiveness which runs through some of these professionals. To reach the top level of the game they simply have to try and come out on top in every single situation they are thrown into. Furthermore, they also know when to put stuff behind them and when they walk off the pitch, it is almost always forgotten.
For Ayling, the next couple of months will be absolutely vital. He’s entering the latter stages of his career and it remains unclear as to whether he will be offered a new contract at Elland Road. His current deal expires in the summer of 2023, so the 31-year-old will be hoping for talks to potentially commence over the next couple of months.
If he does depart West Yorkshire, there’s no doubt he will have plenty of suitors, with the top end of the Championship being his most likely destination. A player of his experience could well be the difference between promotion and another year in England’s second tier.
In other Leeds United news, the club could now decide not to sign a left-back in January.