Leeds United defender Luke Ayling believes that working under head coach Marcelo Bielsa has likely added years to his playing career.
Ayling has been one of several Leeds United players to improve dramatically under the coaching of the Argentine.
One of the key reasons why Bielsa has got the best out of several Leeds players has been through a complete overhaul in their fitness and dietary regimen.
The consequence for Ayling has been a far more dynamic style of full-back play and a massively improved fitness level.
Speaking to Sky Sports this week, the Leeds defender admitted that Bielsa’s hard training programmes might have now added some longevity to his career.
“I feel fitter than ever and can run up and down for the full 90 minutes. It shows in how much I get into the attacking third. It is down to everything we do in training every day. It’s all short, sharp blasts and working at high intensity…
“It’s a complete change of lifestyle. I was fit before he (Bielsa) came in and I thought I could do a lot, but I’ve taken it to the next level now, and I feel I can do a lot more and play for a few more years than I could before.”
Ayling was, like he said, already in good shape before Bielsa arrived at Elland Road.
However, the work done on the training ground at Thorp Arch has clearly been supplemented by a big change in his lifestyle which has Ayling looking at a far longer career then he had previously envisaged.
Hopefully, he will spend as much of that career bombing down the right for Leeds as possible.