Date: 2nd December 2019 at 6:00pm
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Many Leeds United fans have been reacting on social media after LUFC Data shared a breakdown of Luke Ayling’s stats from our 4-0 win over Middlesbrough, as some supporters hailed the defender as being back to his best on Saturday.

Ayling missed the first nine games of the Championship season through injury, having suffered a knock to his ankle during pre-season and later being forced to undergo surgery to aid his rehabilitation.

The London-born 28-year-old made his term debut in our 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at the start of October, and made his first start of the season four days later when we lost 2-1 away to Millwall.

Ayling has not missed a minute of league action since featuring from the bench with 15 minutes to play against the Baggies, as he settles into duties in defence as boss Marcelo Bielsa splits tasks between right-back and centre-half.

Saturday’s appearance against Boro came at centre-half in a three-man backline, from where Ayling recorded a joint-game-high five successful tackles, having attempted six, plus five interceptions and one clearance, per WhoScored data.

Our £8,000-per-week defender, who has stood in at captain five times this season, also completed 60 passes against Middlesbrough at the weekend, along with completing each of his three dribbles and fashioned two shots on goal.

Ayling’s 111 touches were also the most recorded by any player for either side, as were his 60 completed passes and 12 ball recoveries.

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Here are some of the messages shared as fans hailed Ayling for being back to his best on Saturday, and reacted to his performance in numbers against Middlesbrough…

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