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Fans Hopeful As Leeds United Close In On Their Eighth Summer Signing

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Snehanjan Banerjee
Snehanjan used to a former columnist at The 4th Official. Fan of KK, Cricket and Liverpool (in no particular order).

Leeds United are closing on the signing of full-back Luke Ayling from Bristol City on a three-year deal according to reports from The Yorkshire Post. The 24-year-old would be a quality addition to Leeds United defence with his versatility. Predominantly a right-back, Ayling can easily slot in as an attacking wing-back or even as a central defender.

Ayling has already undergone his medical ahead of his move to Elland Road according to The Yorkshire Post and is all set to become Garry Monk’s eighth capture of the summer following the arrivals of Robert Green, Kyle Bartley, Matt Grimes, Kemar Roofe, Pablo Hernandez, Hadi Sacko and Marcus Antonsson.

Leeds United started their Premiership campaign with a humbling 3-0 defeat against Queens Park Rangers last weekend. It was a nightmare start for the Monk era at Elland Road and moreover, Leeds lost their first-choice right-back Gaetano Berardi to a hamstring injury to make things worse.

With the injury to Berardi, Leeds had to make reinforcements in defence and a deal for Ayling seems to be a good deal given the versatility the Englishman offers. Ayling started his career at Arsenal but began his professional career with Yeovil Town in 2010 after failing to make the grade at the Emirates.

The 24-year-old moved on to Bristol City in 2014 and has made almost 100 appearances for the club in the past two seasons scoring four goals in the process. He was part of the Robins squad which won the League One title in 2015.

Ayling will offer a much-needed breathing space to the manager Garry Monk with his immense versatility. Leeds needed to get a new right-back to compete with Berardi while they also lacked the fourth central defender after Bamba, Cooper and Bartley. So, the deal for Ayling makes perfect sense.

Ayling would be no stranger to Leeds United loanee Kyle Bartley whom he spent time with during their development at the academy of Arsenal. As Leeds closes in on their eighth signing of the summer, Twitter has reacted and most Leeds fans are quite happy with the deal. Here are some tweets on the deal.

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