Leeds United have had a great start to their Premier League campaign. This has largely been down to the way Marcelo Bielsa has set them up and due to the quality of the players in his squad. Luke Ayling has been praised so far for his performances so far but Phil Hay has still reported on who the club see as his replacement in the future.
Phil Hay discusses Leeds and their future Ayling replacement
Some of the Leeds fans were discussing Ayling on Twitter and in particular, how the club need some depth in the right-back position to back him up. Phil Hay replied: “They’re hoping that longer-term, Drameh could be a successor to Ayling”
Drameh is clearly highly-rated by the club
In the past, the journalist has emphasised how important Ayling is as he tweeted: ‘Premier League defenders with most passes into the final third this season – Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and next behind them, Luke Ayling. The more you look at him and analyse him, the more you realise he’s integral to everything Leeds do.’
The stats from this season in the Premier League also emphasise Ayling’s importance. Defensively, he has shone, managing three tackles and 1.7 clearances a game (WhoScored). He has been a threat at the other end of the pitch too, boasting 1.1 and 1.3 dribbles per game.
Therefore, it is understandable that those who follow the club are worried about who backs Ayling up,
Leeds picked up Drameh from Fulham in the summer and they were clearly planning for the future as he is only 18-years-old. (Transfermarkt). For now, he is currently featuring for the U23’s. He has played eight times in Premier League 2 this season.
With Ayling 30, Drameh could be making his way into the first team as a future replacement. The fact that Leeds feel like he will be an Ayling replacement emphasises how much potential they believe the England U20 international has but whether he is good enough to come in and play now remains a huge unknown.
In other news, one Leeds player is desperate to prove himself to Bielsa. Have a read who it is here!
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