This post contains affiliate links. “As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.”
If an alien landed on Earth on Wednesday night and had no idea what football was or how Leeds United played, they didn’t need to look beyond their victory over Newcastle.
This was classic football, but also classic Leeds.
Marcelo Bielsa is known for taking his players to the ground and his 5-2 win at Elland Road summed up everything they have become under the Argentine. He was bravado and relentless, as they scored three goals in the final 13 minutes of play.
If there was a fear that Leeds might not be able to keep things going until late in a game, you can think again.
Pablo Hernández entered and went back the years attending two goals, including one for Gjanni Alioski, someone who hasn’t always been a regular starter on the left back.
He has started eight times in the Premier League this season and has played across the field, including in midfield and on the left wing.
However, this time he was entrusted to the left back when Stuart Dallas moved to the right side.
Is Alioski good enough defensively?
Although it was haggled four At times, his performance, which aside, was monstrous, especially in the last third.
The North Macedonia international scored a crucial goal, but also found room to make two key passes. Also, Alioski completed 100% of his dribbles and 82% of his passes.
His performance on Elland Road was close to perfection, galloping up and down the left channel without running out of energy.
That aspect of Alioski’s game has always been unquestionable. It is the very definition of a livewire, but sometimes its defense leaves a lot to be desired.
For the most part, those doubts were resolved Wednesday night. Won 81.8% of the duels that he disputed, being victorious in the three air battles.
This felt like a complete performance, one that should silence some skeptics about a player who has been a divisive character in Yorkshire.
Perhaps this could be a catalyst for Alioski, one that turns his luck completely at Leeds.
In other news, Forget Harrison: The Leeds “bargain” beast that made 100% long balls delivered a big statement …