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Leeds United news as lid lifted on training ground routine behind Luke Ayling's Wolves goal

Here are your latest Leeds United evening headlines for Thursday, March 23.

Leeds United corner routine for Luke Ayling's Wolves goal pre-planned

Ben Parker has revealed that the corner routine which led to Luke Ayling's header in last Saturday's 4-2 victory over Wolves was pre-planned.

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Marc Roca whipped his corner towards the back post and Ayling peeled away from a crowd of Wolves players in the box to guide a stooping header into the net.

Ayling then followed up his first goal of the season with Robbie Keane's trademark celebration, albeit with slightly questionable execution.

And former Leeds defender Parker says he met with Ayling, who told him that the corner routine was worked on from the training ground prior to their trip to Molineux.

“I was with him on Tuesday. I asked him about his celebration and he said, if I did score – he didn’t think he would do – he would pull out the bad Robbie Keane, or the good Robbie Keane, whichever way you want to look at it," Parker told LS11’s Thursday podcast.

“But he did say that routine was planned from the corner, as well. So very well done to the coaching staff to pull it out. It was a difficult header for Bill because it came up at him quick, it skidded. He did well to control it really.”

Tactical tinkering, width and individuals - How Javi Gracia is making his mark at Leeds United

Javi Gracia is five games into his reign at Leeds United and his impact is already there to see. The Spanish head coach hasn’t had it all his own way in that time, but the seven points Leeds have earned have been enough to push them out of the relegation zone and up to 14th in the Premier League table.

There’s a renewed sense of belief around Elland Road and Gracia will be keen to see more progress in the coming weeks with some absolutely pivotal fixtures to come.

Here, LeedsLive take a look at some of the changes we’ve noticed from Gracia's first month.

Read the full story here.

Leeds United star Max Wober's remarkable transition from striker to defensive lynchpin

Max Wober has firmly established himself in the heart of defence at Leeds United, and has built a promising partnership with Robin Koch since arriving from Red Bull Salzburg in January.

One trait which attracted former Leeds boss Jesse Marsch to the Austria international was his versatility, with Wober previously playing left-back on multiple occasions for RB Salzburg.

He was first trialled in the left-back position during his brief stint at Sevilla in 2019, but it turns out that Wober played virtually every position on pitch across his youth spell at Rapid Wien.

Read the full story here.


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