New Leeds United signing Junior Firpo is the “next level up” from Ezgjan Alioski, says Joe Wainman of the JustJoe football show.
Leeds signed Firpo from Barcelona last month in a £13m deal, while Alioski recently departed for Saudi Arabian side Al-Ahli following the expiration of his contract at Elland Road.
Alioski was often used as a left-back by his former manager Marcelo Bielsa but is not a natural in that position.
Is Firpo an upgrade on Alioski?
In contrast, the left-back role is one Firpo is more familiar with, and Wainman is now expecting the 24-year-old to be an upgrade on the man he is succeeding.
“It’s that next level up from Ezgjan Alioski,” Wainman told TT. “He’s an actual left-back. I think that’s the thing with Bielsa, sometimes he plays players in different positions. Alioski was a winger.
“But look, Junior Firpo is really exciting. I know it didn’t work out for him at Barcelona, but when you’ve got Jordi Alba ahead of you, it’s always going to be tough.”
But it was obviously time to move on and in Firpo, Bielsa now has a more natural left-back to call upon.
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