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'Staying around': Jesse Marsch won't be selling Leeds United player in January now, he'll stay - journalist suggests
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'Staying around': Jesse Marsch won't be selling Leeds United player in January now, he'll stay - journalist suggests

Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch has a month to assess this squad before the Premier League starts again.

The American has chopped and changed in a number of positions throughout the season.

Journalist Dean Jones, via Give Me Sport, has now provided an update on one member of Marsch’s squad.

There are a number of players at Elland Road who have failed to make an impact this season.

Patrick Bamford has struggled in front of goal, and now has a group of young attackers chomping at the bit to take his place in the squad.

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Polish midfielder Matesuz Klich has also fallen down the pecking order, and he could leave in January.

However, Jesse Marsch won’t be selling defender Luke Ayling in January now, Jones has said.

The 31-year-old is now back-up to Rasmus Kristensen and has only started one league game.

Ayling is still a valuable member of the squad, and despite interest from elsewhere according to TeamTalk, is set to stay at the club.

Marsch won’t sell Ayling in January

Asked about the right-back’s future at Leeds, Jones said: “I get the feeling that Ayling will end up staying around, and will stay until the end of the season and figure things out then.”

Leeds Live suggest that Ayling is ‘just about as experienced as they come and he is a valued member of Marsch’s leadership council’.

Marsch has to get the balance right between squad harmony and effectiveness on the pitch.

Ayling’s value to the squad may now be for his contributions off the pitch rather than on it.

However, if anything happens to Kristensen, then Ayling will be needed to step up on the pitch too.

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Young full-back Cody Drameh has plenty of potential, but his future at the club is also in doubt, with Borussia Dortmund reportedly interested.

Marsch won’t sell Ayling while there’s a chance he could still be needed as Leeds aim to once again stay in the Premier League.

His contract expires in the summer, and Ayling could consider his options then.

However, after nearly seven seasons at Elland Road, Ayling is a useful option off the bench, and knows what it takes to stay in the top flight.

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