The Lowdown: Ayling’s season over
The Whites had another weekend to forget, falling to a 2-1 defeat at the Emirates which has left them in the relegation zone for the first time since October with just three games remaining.
The Gunners raced into an early lead after two goals from Eddie Nketiah before Ayling received his marching orders following a terrible two-footed tackle on Gabriel Martinelli.
The Latest: Whelan reacts
Whelan, talking to FI, labelled Ayling’s season-ending red-card in London as a ‘massive blow’ and believes he’ll be a ‘huge miss’ for Marsch, starting against Chelsea.
Should Marsch stay at Leeds if they are relegated?
No, get rid!
“I think the frustration was clear to see all over the pitch and it just boiled over with Ayling unfortunately.
“It’s a massive blow for the club. To lose him at right-back – he’s the natural, he’s the best option we have at the club.
“Not only that, but we’re also seriously going to miss the energy, leadership, and experience he brings as well.
“He’s going to be a huge miss for these crucial last three games of the season.”
The Verdict: Shackleton?
Marsch hinted on Tuesday that Jamie Shackleton could make a first start under him against the Blues, which seems to be the most sensible solution.
He’s also a fairly experienced member of the squad as he has 78 appearances to his name in a Leeds shirt, and with options limited, now could be his time to shine as the Whites look to pick up points in all three of their remaining fixtures to ensure safety.
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