Should Leeds fear Kyle Bartley influence with West Brom reportedly targeting Luke Ayling?

Luke Ayling of Leeds United beats George Friend of Middlesbrough during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Middlesbrough at Elland Road on November 19, 2017 in Leeds,...

Leeds United should be worried about Kyle Bartley speaking to Luke Ayling about potentially joining West Bromwich Albion.

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.

Leeds United defender Luke Ayling is reportedly being chased by West Bromwich Albion, and Whites fans must hope that Baggies ace Kyle Bartley does not persuade him to leave Elland Road.

According to the Sun, West Brom are keen on the 26-year-old and are lining up a late £5million move for him on deadline day after their slow start to the new Championship season.

 

Ayling is certainly a key player for Leeds and losing the right-back would be a catastrophe for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

However, current West Brom centre-back Bartley is best friends with Ayling and Leeds should hope the two have not been discussing a potential switch.

The duo were previously on the books together at Arsenal as youngsters and again played together at Elland Road.

26th September 2017, Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales; EFL Championship football, Cardiff City versus Leeds United; Luke Ayling of Leeds United warming up

Ayling’s absence for Leeds during a large part of last season coincided with them dropping out of the play-off picture and he has developed into a crucial figure.

The attack-minded full-back showed he can score goals in pre-season and looks like being an ever-present in Bielsa’s starting XI.

He was part of the Leeds side that were extremely impressive in a 3-1 win over Stoke City in their first game of the season, and losing him would be a colossal blow to the Yorkshire giants.

Kyle Bartley of West Bromwich Albion during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest v West Bromwich Albion at City Ground on August 7, 2018 in Nottingham, England.

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