Leeds United will begin their preparations for the 2018-19 campaign with a pre-season clash against Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday night.
The match will be Marcelo Bielsa’s first as Leeds boss, having taken the job last month.
A number of players will be looking to impress Bielsa during pre-season, and there is no question that Luke Ayling falls into that category.
The 26-year-old missed almost the entirely of the second half of last season following ankle surgery, but did return against Queens Park Rangers on the final weekend.
Ayling is now in training with Leeds ahead of the new campaign, and the Championship club’s supporters have tipped the 6ft 1in defender to impress next term.
The Englishman was terrific for Leeds during the 2016-17 season, and will he hoping for a year free from injury as he looks to inspire the Whites to a possible promotion tilt.
A selection of the Twitter reaction from the Leeds supporters can be seen below:
Can’t wait to see you back to full fitness in a new look side with a world class manager pal ??
— Bielsa’s cheese wedge ultras (@ColinCarmichae2) July 14, 2018
We need you back in the first team
— Andy Lazenby (@lazenby_andy) July 14, 2018
Definitely agree with you mate, missed him big time last season
— Liam P (@LiamP79) July 14, 2018
On and on Luke. Looking forward to seeing you in your 3rd season with us. MOT ??
— Liam (@What_Liam_Saw) July 14, 2018
Buzzing to have that mop back. The white cafu. Hahaha
— Steven Ross (@steross769) July 14, 2018
can’t wait to see you back in a Leeds shirt
— Armo ??????? (@Jordan_Armo) July 14, 2018
Our best defender in my opinion. 1 or 2 pingers this season mate?
— Matthew Dickinson (@Matyydee) July 15, 2018
Have a great season and injury free I hope
— wheels23 (@AlanWheels23) July 14, 2018