Scenes of Ayling bombarding down the right-flank for the Whites have enthralled the Leeds faithful since the 29-year-old’s arrival at Elland Road in 2016.


Ayling’s attacking duties have only increased under current boss Marcelo Bielsa with the Englishman working in tandem with Leeds left-back Stuart Dallas.



Gray believes that Ayling is special in the sense that he gets into the opposition box and takes up shooting positions more often than other elite full-backs in the Premier League, such as Walker or Alexander-Arnold.


The Leeds legend admits Walker and Alexander-Arnold can whip crosses in, but insists that they do not get into the penalty area as much as Ayling does.



“Luke is getting into the box, he is getting to the dead-ball line, he is causing havoc among defenders in the Premier League”, Gray told LUTV.


“You talk about attacking full-backs in the Premier League, and you talk your Kyle Walkers, Alexanders [Alexander-Arnold], you get to the dead-ball line, they are whipping balls across the face of the goal, great.



“But they do not get into the box as many times as Luke Ayling, and shooting positions in front of the goal, and Luke Ayling is doing that as well.


“They don’t not know whether he is going to go down the line or run inside, you know he should have scored against Manchester City, great save by the goalkeeper.”


Ayling has so far played every minute of Premier League football for the Yorkshire giants this season and will hope to continue his solid start to the current campaign when Leeds take on Wolves at home on Monday.