Georginio Rutter received a message from Luke Ayling on social media after the forward honored the defender following his goal in Leeds United’s victory over Cardiff City.
Luke Ayling’s final departure out of Elland Road after more than seven years made it an emotional week for the Whites. Ayling will play for Middlesbrough for the remainder of the season and the remaining amount of his Leeds contract.
Daniel Farke had not given Ayling a lot of playing time. However, that does not lessen the fact that both players and fans will miss him greatly.
Following Leeds’ victory, Luke Ayling messages Georginio Rutter
Georginio Rutter undoubtedly wished to honor the team’s former vice captain on Saturday. Georginio scored our third goal in the convincing win in Cardiff, finishing a pass from Patrick Bamford to hit the bottom corner.
And the Frenchman made an air guitar for his celebration. Following the match, Georginio verified on Instagram that it was for Ayling, who notably performed the same action when he scored that volley against Huddersfield in 2020.
And in reply, the Englishman sent a sophisticated message.
The right-back’s exit creates a significant hole.
Ayling and other influential people would have been crucial to Georginio throughout his stay at Leeds. After just a few months in England, it would have been simple for the 21-year-old to lose all of his confidence.
However, Georginio appears to be a very different player this year. With 26 games played in the second tier, he has already contributed 14 goals. He is playing with such confidence.
It was obvious that Ayling stood up for herself when things got hard. It was impressive how frequently, following a loss, the full-back would be the one to address the reporters.
Furthermore, his demeanor could only have been advantageous to the other players on the team. Undoubtedly, he was adored unlike most others. It is therefore not surprising that Georginio felt the need to express gratitude to him after his departure this week.
We should be seeing a lot of the upcoming generation of Leeds legends already.