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Noel Whelan singles out Leeds United's Luke Ayling for praise

Ashley Barnes of Burnley and Luke Ayling of Leeds in action during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Burnley and Leeds United at Turf Moor on September 19, 2017 in Burnley, England.

Leeds United's Luke Ayling impressed on Saturday.

Luke Ayling and Souleymane Doukara of Leeds United congratulate each other after the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25,...

Noel Whelan told BBC Radio Leeds that Leeds United right-back Luke Ayling is getting back to his best and revealed that he loves how much energy the former Arsenal man has.

Ayling impressed on Saturday as Leeds bounced back from a disappointing 4-1 defeat at Wolves by beating Barnsley 2-0 at Oakwell in a Yorkshire derby, setting up Egzjan Alioski's goal.

Things haven't been great for the former Bristol City man - who joined for £750,000 under Garry Monk - and he has struggled for consistency this season after a superb first year at Elland Road.

Ashley Barnes of Burnley and Luke Ayling of Leeds in action during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Burnley and Leeds United at Turf Moor on September 19, 2017 in Burnley, England.

At Wolves, Ayling was partially responsible for at least one of the four goals that the Whites conceded, but Whelan believes that his performance at Oakwell is evidence that he's getting back to his best.

He told BBC Radio Leeds: "He looked back to his best. He stepped back up again, driving forward, defending back to what we expect from an Ayling performance.

"He's just got so much energy.

Luke Ayling of Leeds United prepares to take a throw in during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on October 31, 2017 in Leeds, England.

"That's the thing I like about him. He wants to get forward, join in the play, link up and he causes problems down that right hand side – but he does his defensive duties as well."

Ayling and Leeds will certainly need to improve on their consistency over the next month or so as Thomas Christiansen's side face seven games in 31 days.

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