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Leeds United fell 3-1 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday night, with Ezgjan Alioski’s performance causing concern for White manager Marcelo Bielsa.
The Yorkshire club got off to a perfect start thanks to a goal from former Chelsea youth Patrick Bamford, but it was as good as Leeds did, as goals from Olivier Giroud and Kurt Zouma put the Blues ahead, before a late goal by Christian. Pulisic sealed the victory.
One man who disappointed in the game against Frank Lampard’s side was Alioski, with the left-back struggling his entire time on the field.
Was Alioski poor vs Chelsea?
During his time on the pitch, Alioski won just three of seven of his duels on the ground, while committing four fouls, suggesting that he was often outscored by Chelsea players.
The North Macedonia international also lost possession 14 times during his 69 minutes on the pitch, while hitting just 22/33 of his passes, resulting in a disappointing pass accuracy rate of 67%.
Maybe Noel Whelan’s comments about him being a “responsibility” rings true now.
So it came as no surprise that Bielsa opted to replace Alioski with just over 20 minutes to go as Leeds sought an equalizer.
The 28-year-old’s contract with Leeds is ready to expire at the end of the season, but after another disappointing performance on Saturday, Bielsa may be considering whether or not Alioski deserves another deal.
In his nine top flight appearances so far this season, the versatile Leeds player has had a less than impressive average. 6.49 rating but he is still selected by Bielsa, suggesting that the Argentine is trusting him to start in his first team, despite his possibly poor performances since Leeds’ promotion.
Alioski earned accolades from Kevin Phillips earlier this year, with the former forward suggesting that:
“He is a player who can open the door and has a brilliant work rate.
“When he comes off the bench, it can change the game and if you start with it, it could produce a little magic. Either way, he doesn’t groan and every squad needs a player like that ”, according to Football Insider.
However, he was unable to restore Phillips’ faith in him against Chelsea, so it will be interesting to see if Bielsa keeps faith in him. £ 3.15 million man for Leeds’s game against West Ham next Friday, or if he decides to quit after what was undoubtedly a disappointing display.
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