Leeds United got here again twice yesterday to say an essential level towards Brighton and Hove Albion, and whereas the present was stolen by Jack Harrison and Patrick Bamford, Luke Ayling stood out for all of the flawed causes.
Each forwards finally appeared to point out glimpses of a return to their finest type, and though the previous dipped into his personal web at one level, they performed their half in stopping the marauding Seagulls who had seemed unstoppable underneath Roberto De Zerbi.
The Italian has fitted into his system simply since taking on from Graham Potter, persevering with to make use of a few of his lesser identified skills to shock the Premier League.
Yesterday marked one other stellar show from Kaoru Mitoma specifically, who terrorized the aforementioned right-back together with his tempo and trickery.
It was all the time a troublesome sport for the ageing talisman, however the Japan worldwide was relentless in his need to tear it aside. As such, it could possibly be a warning signal for Javi Gracia to maybe now flip to Rasmus Kristensen for future video games when defending towards wingers of the identical ilk as Mitoma.
How did Luke Ayling carry out towards Brighton?
Current for the complete match and captain of the staff, the 31-year-old’s 6.3 score was the second worst of anybody on the pitch as he was dribbled previous twice and gained simply two of his seven duels (by way of couch rating).
Ought to Ayling now be dropped?
In the meantime, Mitoma recorded three key passages and created two massive probabilities, enjoying an enormous half in each targets.
For the primary he took off on the again publish when his header discovered the free man within the field, whereas the second he drove exterior and his devastating supply may solely be put into Leeds’ personal web .
Journalist Graham Smyth even caught on Twitter to focus on a selected interval of play, the place he arrange a kind of earlier probabilities that most likely ought to have been scored: “Brighton needs to be up entrance once more. Mitoma behind Ayling, left him for useless, pulls him off and Mac Allister spreads his toes close to the penalty spot. Golden alternative.”
Though Mitoma terrifies many defenders, maybe this specific outing could have proven Gracia that Ayling is probably not the person to steer them within the run-in.
His performances on the finish of final season serve to again that up after his reasonably ridiculous purple card towards Arsenal.
The £20k per week the mainstay was proven off by a prime winger yesterday, and it may now pave the way in which for Kristensen to lastly get his probability underneath the brand new boss.