As Marcelo Bielsa’s translator, Salim Lamrani picked up a horde of fans at Leeds United.
And, even though his time as Bielsa’s right-hand man at the weekly press conferences has come to an end, Lamrani still holds a torch for Leeds.
His pinned tweet, posted on February 10, is a love letter to the club and a strong desire to see them back in the Premier League.
— Salim Lamrani (@SalimLamraniOff) February 10, 2020
And Lamrani obviously keeps his eyes on what’s going on with Leeds on Twitter.
One fan account asked whether Luke Ayling was good enough to start for Bielsa if Leeds get promoted to the Premier League.
Lamrani responded saying, “Without a doubt, yes. On the pitch, Bill is a courageous fighter who spares no efforts to help the team and who never surrenders no matter the adversity of the circumstances. He always finds the right words to distill the necessary doses of encouragement in crucial moments.”
Without a doubt, yes. On the pitch, Bill is a courageous fighter who spares no efforts to help the team and who never surrenders no matter the adversity of the circumstances. He always finds the right words to distill the necessary doses of encouragement in crucial moments. https://t.co/8YwBq5Jfgj
— Salim Lamrani (@SalimLamraniOff) May 12, 2020
MOT View – Wild Bill
Ayling, 28, has been one of the big successes for Leeds on the pitch this season.
He’s hit a 7.31 rating on WhoScored in the Championship and was man-of-the-match in the critical 1-0 win against Bristol City back in February.
That rating puts him right at the top of the Leeds players, ahead of Kalvin Phillips on 7.20 and Pablo Hernandez on 7.19.
He’s unlikely to win the player of the season award but he should definitely be in the running.
And, incredibly, after scoring six goals in 145 games for Leeds, he’s scored four of those this season, including three in the last five games – all big wins for Leeds that have put them in a strong position to be promoted whatever happens.
The strike against Bristol City was the only goal of the game and that has kept Leeds top of the table.
And who can forget that free-flowing celebration when he let his hair down against Huddersfield?
We definitely think Ayling can do a job in the Premier League and certainly deserves his chance under Bielsa.
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