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Leeds’ defensive crisis deepens as Ayling limps off Newcastle

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The defensive personnel crisis facing Leeds United has continued to worsen tonight, following the club’s encounter with Newcastle United.

Saint-Maximin secures a share of the loot

Marcelo Bielsa’s men were, of course, back in Premier League action recently.

The Whites made the trip to St. James’ Park, looking for a much-needed three-point shot on the back of a completely shaky start to the season.

However, when all was said and done at Tyneside, in the fifth moment of asking, Leeds again failed to secure a first league win in 2021/22.

The visitors took the lead in the proceedings early on, when a concerted pressure spell culminated in Raphinha’s fiendish delivery to the back post that made its way past Karl Darlow:

However, Bielsa and company soon took their foot off the gas and opened the door for Newcastle to start the process again.

And this is precisely what the magpies did on the edge of the break, thanking the electrifying Allan Saint-Maximin for another moment of individual brilliance to level things out, rounding out the night’s score in the process:

Ayling hit

Everyone associated with Leeds, in turn, will no doubt be left wondering what might have been …

The visitors dominated the opening exchanges on Friday and could easily have added to their lone goal of the night early. However, in the end, they just weren’t clinical enough.

And, as described above, the hopes of Marcelo Bielsa and company. of finally starting his campaign with a win the next time he also took something of a blow against Newcastle.

Surprisingly, with all Pascal Struijk (suspended), Diego Llorente (injured) and Robin Koch (injured) no longer available for selection, Leeds’ defensive options were further reduced when Luke Ayling was forced to limp out of the action in St. James. ‘.

As it stands, it is unclear if Ayling is facing a spell on the sidelines, but the 30-year-old seemed to feel a degree of discomfort coming out …

On the other hand, Fantasy Premier League owners the likes of Michail Antonio and Said Benrahma are sure to lick their lips tonight.

This comes with West Ham next for Leeds, in an Elland Road showdown on Saturday 25 September.

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