Luke Ayling has to be next player Leeds look to agree new contract with

Luke Ayling of Leeds United feels the cold during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on December 29, 2016 in Birmingham, England.

Luke Ayling has been exceptional during his time with Leeds United, so perhaps the Championship side should look to agree a new deal with the defender.

Leeds United corner flag before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

One of the most popular strategies Andrea Radrizzani has pursued since he took full control of Leeds earlier this year has been the attempts to get the majority of the first-team squad tied down to new, longer contracts.

The club confirmed on their official website earlier this week that Conor Shaughnessy has followed the likes of Ronaldo Vieira, Gaetano Berardi, Eunan O'Kane, Liam Cooper and several others in signing a contract extension as the Whites look to put the foundations in place to ensure that their on-field success is matched by what they are doing off it.

Luke Ayling of Leeds United feels the cold during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on December 29, 2016 in Birmingham, England.

And the one player that Radrizzani simply has to look at making the next to put pen to paper on a fresh deal is right-back Luke Ayling who has been nothing short of exceptional since arriving at Elland Road in 2016.

The former Bristol City man seems to be a contender for Leeds' man of the match in most of the games that he plays, consistently coping with some of the best wingers that the Championship has to offer while also contributing going forward also with blistering runs down the line.

Luke Ayling (L) of Leeds United escapes from Marlon Pack (R) of Bristol City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on September 27,...

Transfermarkt reports that Ayling's current deal expires in 2019, which should perhaps make the situation a lot more urgent for Radrizzani as he should surely not want to allow the defender's deal to run down much further.

Ayling is surely the player who - based on how long is left on his current deal - most supporters would like to see be the next one to commit his long-term future to the Whites. But based on how swiftly Leeds have dealt with a number of players' contracts since Radrizzani came to the helm, it would be no surprise if the announcement fans were waiting for was not too far away.

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