He may not have grabbed the headlines, but Luke Ayling was outstanding as Leeds beat QPR on Saturday. We have taken a closer look at his performance against the R’s in the latest edition of our Unsung Hero feature.
Leeds United continued their fine start to the 2019/20 season by securing a comfortable 2-0 victory against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday (BBC Sport).
The result means that the Whites remain well in the promotion hunt, and at the time of writing sit in second place in the Championship table (BBC Sport).
Goals from Tyler Roberts and Jack Harrison secured all three points for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, and naturally, it was those two who were receiving the plaudits following the match.
However, another player who was outstanding and perhaps didn’t receive the recognition he deserved was defender Luke Ayling.
Firstly from a defensive point of view, the former Arsenal man put in a terrific display. Indeed, he made four clearances, two interceptions, two successful tackles and won one aerial duel in the game which helped the team keep a clean sheet (via WhoScored).
Added to that, Ayling also produced a strong performance on the ball. He played six accurate long balls, two key passes, one accurate cross and had 72 touches which was more than any other Leeds player. He ultimately finished with a WhoScored rating of 7.41.
The defender has only recently returned to first-team action after missing the first nine league matches of the season through injury (Transfermarkt). It was just his sixth start of the season, but he appears to have got back into the swing of things quickly as demonstrated by his performance against QPR.
He may not have grabbed the headlines like others, but Ayling was key to their success in this game and will be a big player for them this season as they look to finally earn promotion to the Premier League.
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