Leeds United look as though they might finally be ready to win a long-awaited promotion back into the Premier League this season.
However, due to recent events, their promotion bid has been put on hold for the time being, as focus turns to the health of the nation at the moment.
One player that has impressed and will be hoping to pick up where he left off when they return to action is Luke Ayling, who has netted some stunning goals from right-back this season already.
His goals against Huddersfield Town and Birmingham City were worthy of winning any game, and he’ll be keen to play his part in Leeds’ promotion push later this year.
Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports, Ayling insisted that there is only one winner when it comes to the Goal of the Season contest this term, with some calling for Tyler Roberts’ goal against Hull to be ahead of some of his stunning strikes.
“I think I’m up for two of the top three goals of the season! That isn’t bad for a right-back.
“I’ve seen some people talking about Tyler Roberts’ goal against Hull, because it was a nice build-up from the team and that it might beat my one, but I’m a bit confused and I don’t know what people are seeing! For me there is only one winner.”
Ayling went on to reveal that he has watched the goal against Huddersfield Town every day since it hit the back of the net, much to the frustration of one of his family members in particular at times.
“I’ve watched it every day since. In the first week I watched it 30 times every day on repeat. It would be half 10 at night and I’d be in bed with the lights off. I’d put it on one last time and get a bit of an elbow from the missus telling me to go to sleep! But I’ll probably never score a goal like that again.”
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Surely Ayling is going to win the Goal of the Season award?
You can take your pick on whichever goal you prefer of his this season, as they’re both worthy of winning it. His goal against Huddersfield Town in particular stands out for me, and you won’t see a much better connection with the ball all season.
The right-back has been brilliant this season, and has established himself as one of the first names on Marcelo Bielsa’s team-sheet after some strong performances.
He’s effective at both ends of the pitch, and suits Leeds’ high-pressing style of play perfectly. He’ll be keen to showcase his talent in the Premier League next season with the Yorkshire-based side.