Leeds United’s left-back woes just continue to spiral, don’t they Whites fans?
Marcelo Bielsa’s side lost Ezgjan Alioski to injury during the club’s 2-0 defeat at Griffin Park to Brentford with his replacement Stuart Dallas having to play in a position that he is extremely unfamiliar with.
The Macedonian international had been covering in the absence of Barry Douglas who was ruled out for the rest of the campaign earlier this month after suffering knee ligament damage during the Whites’ 3-2 over Millwall (via the Yorkshire Evening Post).
Although Alioski is primarily a winger, he has delivered several impressive performances for Leeds at full-back and so the news that he will no longer be able to play a role for the club this season (via BBC Sport) will have been greeted with immense disappointment at Elland Road.
Losing any player at this stage of the year is far from ideal but in this particular situation, the consequences could be disastrous. With the Whites already facing an uphill task to overcome Sheffield United in the race for the top-two in the Championship, Alioski’s setback could all-but kill off any hopes that they had of a miraculous turn-around in May.
With the play-offs now looking like the most likely destination for the Yorkshire-based side to secure promotion this season, they will need to find a replacement for their stricken defender as soon as possible. Whereas Dallas has featured there on occasion, Bielsa may turn to Gaetano Berardi or Jamie Shackleton who have both appeared in numerous positions for the Whites this year.
In what has been a dramatic switch of fortunes for Leeds over the past week, the problems for their Argentine manager continue to pile up and if he cannot find the right solutions, all of their hard-work this season could be thrown away in an instant.
What do you think Leeds fans? How big of a blow is it to lose Alioski at this stage of the season? Who do you think should be brought in to replace the Macedonian? Let us know below.
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