Leeds United suffered their sixth defeat in their last eight Championship matches as they were beaten 2-1 by Derby County at Elland Road on Tuesday night, and Whites fans weren’t impressed with Luke Ayling’s performance.
The right-back, who was captaining the side in the absence of the injured Liam Cooper, was one of their standout players in the early stages of the campaign, but his performances have dropped off in recent weeks.
The 26-year-old was certainly at fault for the Rams’ equalising goal from Sam Winnall when he was caught completely out of position, and it was the striker that sealed the win from the penalty spot in the 80th minute after Pierre-Michel Lasogga had given the Yorkshire outfit an early lead.
Leeds supporters were quick to have their say on his showing via social media, and while some described his display as “God awful”, others said he is ‘costing us points’.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
— Darren Burrell (@DBurrell9_) November 1, 2017
— nick briggs (@nickbriggs72) October 31, 2017
Luke Ayling looks half as good as he actually is. He looks knackered. Our squad is too small. We just aren't good enough. #LUFC
— Ben Smith (@BenSmith_7) October 31, 2017
You know your team is having a bad run when super Luke Ayling plays god awful… I never thought I’d say that #lufc
— Matt Rellaw (@GoTkunt) October 31, 2017
Berardi's back next game. Drop Ayling. #lufc
— Rob (@ttlsilhouette) October 31, 2017
— 🎃Spooky Sam Bird🎃 (@SamBirdyy) October 31, 2017
— James Heseltine (@JamesHeseltine7) October 31, 2017
I dont understand why Ayling just ran out of his position for the first goal and makes no effort to get back. Not good enough. #lufc
— Lewis (@Lew1s22) October 31, 2017
Ayling is having a mare #lufc
— Mark Adams ⚽ ⛳ (@maccathebomb) October 31, 2017