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Leeds United: Will Middlesbrough make Luke Ayling’s loan move permanent?

Luke Ayling remained a very important player for Leeds United since joining the club in 2016 from Bristol City. 

The 32-year-old played a key role when the Whites secured promotion in 2020 and also helped keep them up. 

In 268 appearances across all competitions, he scored 11 goals and contributed 21 assists. 

However, Ayling joined Middlesbrough on loan in January, ending his career at Elland Road. He is set to become a free agent in the summer with his Leeds contract expiring in May. 

The experienced defender was brought in to provide cover for Tommy Smith but he has become a regular starter for the Yorkshire outfit. 

Boro boss Michael Carrick was recently asked if Ayling was playing for a permanent deal at the Riverside Stadium. 

He replied (as per TeessideLive): “You’re always playing for something and as it stands at the moment that’s obviously what’s next. Looking at him, that’s not at the forefront of his mind at all. He’s all in, he’s desperate to do well and win games for us. We’ll see. That will play out how it’s going to play out over the next few months.”

Ayling will get a permanent contract 

The 32-year-old has been impressive for Middlesbrough since arriving at the club in January. 

He has started 11 Championship matches so far, with three assists to his name. 

Ayling has played a very important role in Boro’s last three victories against Norwich City, Queens Park Rangers and Birmingham. 

He was resolute defensively but also offered an attacking threat in these matches. 

The right-back boasts a lot of experience as well, having played for Yeovil Town, Bristol City and Leeds. 

Anfernee Dijksteel is facing an uncertain future at the Riverside Stadium. He has entered the final year of his deal and is expected to leave the club in the summer transfer window. 

Middlesbrough will therefore make Ayling’s loan move permanent at the end of this campaign. 

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