After a slightly underwhelming run of form leading up to the Yorkshire derby with Barnsley on Saturday, Leeds defender Luke Ayling looked to be edging back towards his best at Oakwell, helping Thomas Christiansen's men to a 2-0 win that puts them eighth in the Championship.
Ayling has been one of Leeds' most reliable players since arriving last summer, establishing himself as one of the first names on the teamsheet at Elland Road - but his recent form, like the form of many of his teammates, was not as impressive before he put in a much better display against the Tykes.
And Christiansen will need the right-back to prove in the Whites' next game that he is back to his best as Leeds are about to come up against arguably the most in-form player in the Championship right now.
Aston Villa are flying high in the second tier, and part of the reason for their brilliant start to the season is the form of winger Albert Adomah, who has simply been sensational recently.
Adomah has scored five of Villa's six goals in their last three games to take his league tally for the season to 10 goals. That kind of form undoubtedly makes him the biggest threat, on current form, that Leeds will have to contend with on Friday when the two teams meet at Elland Road.
It will be Ayling's job to try and keep Adomah quiet down Leeds' right flank. And while his form before the Barnsley game may have suggested that he may struggle to cope with the Villans winger, his performance in the derby hints that he may be ready to produce the display against Villa that it may well take to keep one of the Championship's most lethal players quiet.