Luke Ayling reveals 'weird' reason he refused to celebrate with Leeds United teammates during Liverpool win
Luke Ayling stood alone at the side of the Anfield pitch as the rest of his Leeds United teammates burst into celebration over Crysencio Summerville’s winner.
Leeds United secured a vital three points on Saturday evening, with Summerville scoring a last-gasp winner at Anfield to sink the Reds and lift Leeds out of the relegation zone.
But while the Leeds squad erupted into celebration and ran to Summerville, Ayling has revealed that he suppressed his emotions while he prepared to come on as a substitute.
Speaking to BBC West Yorkshire, Ayling said: “It was quite a weird thing because I was dressed and ready to come on when Crysencio scored and all the team ran to celebrate but I had to take myself away as I knew I had a job to do.
“I was the fresh one and had to keep a clear head so I just stood at the halfway line watching everyone celebrate knowing I was coming on.
“I would have loved to jump in and be part of it.”
Ayling is known by many Leeds fans as the joyous class clown of the squad, but his latest comments show just how disciplined he is for Jesse Marsch’s side.
It would have been easy for Ayling to run over and celebrate with Summerville, but instead, he remained composed and acknowledged that there was still a job to do.
It’s a credit to Ayling’s ever-growing leadership. His progress since joining Leeds is there for all to see, and now at 31 years old, he finds himself as one of the veterans of the squad.
But Ayling is a great role model for Leeds’ young stars and his discipline shown on Saturday shows exactly why. He may have fallen behind Rasmus Kristensen in Marsch’s pecking order, but Ayling definitely has a huge role still to play in the Leeds dressing room.
But for Ayling’s sake, let’s hope he’s on the pitch or able to celebrate the next time Leeds score a big goal.
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