I saw someone post the lyrics to a new song on Twitter the other day. “Aint Nobody, like Luke Ayling, makes me happy, makes me feel this way”. That has to catch on. Anyway, to the November Player of the Month for Peacock and Smiley and as you’ve already guessed, it’s Luke Ayling.
It was the toughest yet. The other contenders were Kalvin Phillips and Souleymane Doukara. Kemar Roofe peaked just too late with the Villa game and Phillips had the Newcastle nightmare during November so it was a matter of consistency and Ayling hasn’t just done it for November but since the moment he arrived at Leeds United. The cheery full-back has been Mr Consistent since we paid the bargain price of £1m from Bristol City. I actually remember fans of other clubs taking the p*ss when we announced the deal, who’s laughing now?
Before the season started I thought we had the best right-back in the league barring none, Gaetano Berardi. I thought Lewie Coyle was the perfect back-up for the Swiss hard-man then all of a sudden we were chasing right-backs galore. In the end we paid the money for Ayling and what a revelation he has been. His commitment in second to none but on par with a few others who are putting their body on the line week-in week-out for the cause. His ability on the ball has certainly surprised a few including myself. He’s constantly up and down the right, cutting in and has formed a very decent partnership with Hadi Sacko.
In all honesty he could have been the Player of the Month any month so far but he’s been playing second fiddle to the likes of Pontus Jansson and Chris Wood who have both been outstanding in previous months. Ayling has made such a positive impact at the club and I think everyone will agree with this choice.