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Kalvin Phillips names the versatile Leeds player he thought was ‘unbelievable’ in win over Aston Villa

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Kalvin Phillips names the versatile Leeds player he thought was ‘unbelievable’ in win over Aston Villa

Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips has waxed lyrical about Whites teammate Luke Ayling in conversation with the Leeds That podcast, deeming him “unbelievable” in their last Premier League game.

The 29-year-old has played every single minute of Premier League action for Leeds this term and has been crucial in the Whites’ impressive start to the season.

Indeed, Ayling has arguably been one of Leeds’ most consistent players in the past few years and has gone from strength to strength alongside the club.

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The defender – a right-back by trade – also showed great versatility as he played at centre-back in the 3-0 win over Aston Villa last week, in Liam Cooper’s absence.

It was a big ask for Ayling to do so, but he stepped up to the plate and put in a superb display, looking like he was a central defender by trade.

“Luke Ayling did unbelievable at centre-back [against Villa],” said Phillips, as transcribed by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

 

“He just looked so comfortable whether he was playing centre half, left centre half or right back.”

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Ayling has enjoyed a sensational rise at Elland Road since his reported £200,000 move from Bristol City in 2016, improving with each passing season.

While he’s not caught the spotlight as much as some of his teammates further up the pitch, he is a crucial member of Marcelo Bielsa’s setup and loved by the Elland Road faithful.

With his contract taking him to 2023, there’s plenty more to come from him and the rest of the team, who have hit the ground running this season and look set for a bright future back in the top flight.

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