By Mark Smith

8th Sep, 2022 | 8:10am

Victor Orta to switch immediate attention to Leeds United contracts, Luke Ayling possibly first up

Victor Orta already has his next task upon him at Leeds United, with contract talks now on the table only days after the transfer window, according to Beren Cross.

The Leeds Live journalist has reported that work is continuing behind the scenes as the Whites prepare to enter their next phase as a club under Jesse Marsch.

Luke Ayling is first on the cards for fresh talks over a new deal, with his deal set to expire next summer if he doesn’t have any hidden clauses for an extra year.

Writing in his latest column for Leeds Live, Cross shared where the attention of Orta may now switch to.

“Leeds United’s transfer window is closed yet Victor Orta’s next task is already upon him with a raft of contracts he must address at Elland Road,” he wrote.

“Transfers may have been dealt with until January at Leeds United, but work continues on sculpting this squad for its next phase. While external targets can be put on the back burner for a little while, Victor Orta must set about securing the futures of the existing squad.

“The immediate case for attention is Luke Ayling, whose current deal expires next summer, barring any hidden extension clauses. Now 31, Ayling showed from the bench on Saturday what he can bring to the team, but Jesse Marsch will want to see more across several months rather than a 21-minute cameo.”

New Talks.

So, fresh discussions are now on the table with Ayling, who surely deserves it.

Despite being injured for months now, he returned with a bang in his cameo against Brentford last weekend, picking up an assist already for Marc Roca’s goal.

Rasmus Kristensen has not hit the ground running since arriving from RB Salzburg, so any potential plans to go forward with just him and Cody Drameh may have been placed on the backburner.

Ayling is surely set to start the next Premier League outing against Nottingham Forest, and the games after that including Manchester United at Old Trafford.

That will give us a great indicator of where he is at in terms of fitness and performance at the highest level now that his recovery from surgery should see him at 100%.

Based on his return last time out, should he continue in that vein of form, there can be no doubt that a new contract extension will be placed on the table very soon – even if it is only for one or two years.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have said see you again to one attacker after being left baffled by a deadline day agreement