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While Leeds hasn’t hired new staff since the summer, they are still tied to some looming expenses. Ezgjan Alioski is a man potentially facing the chopping block after reports linked him on a move to Turkey to join the giants of Superlig Galatasaray.
Although he continues to play regular minutes under Marcelo Bielsa, the left-back can head towards the door. Alioski has less than six months left in his current £ 55,000 per week with the whites and his departure will surely mean that Bielsa will need a new man in his defense.
Should Leeds keep or sell Ezgjan Alioski?
If there were ever doubts about his status at the club, his performance against Arsenal may have sealed his fate.
Leeds were defeated 4-2 by a relentless Mikel Arteta side on Sunday. Even with goals from Pascal Struijk and Helder Costa, they couldn’t find their way back to the match at the Emirates. It was a disappointing performance as a team collective, but Alioski was particularly mediocre on defense.
According to SofaScore, the North Macedonian failed to record a single block, punt or intercept and managed only one tackle against the gunners. This is a big difference from the two interceptions and five tackles he made against Crystal Palace in their 2-0 win.
Alioski also managed just 43 touches and 23 accurate passes against Arsenal compared to his 86 touches and 55 passes against the Eagles.
In fact, this season, the wingers average match rating of 6.58 ranks him a humble 13th in this Leeds squad, with only four players making more than ten appearances this season behind him.
And it seems others have taken notice of his questionable defense, with former Leeds player Paul Robinson criticizing his performance against the Gunners.
Talking to MOT Leeds News, He said: “I think Alioski was exposed again for his defensive weaknesses. Leeds’ need for a left-back is increasingly evident.
“There is no information on the status of his contract and be replaced as well and [Niall] Huggins comes in and he’s doing excellent … it doesn’t bode well for him right now. “
With Leeds in desperate need of some new defensive options, the time has come for them to get ruthless and ditch the dead weight and start fresh with some personnel.
In other news, Marcelo Bielsa’s new contract is a great boost for Leeds …