Former Leeds United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny has blasted Ezgjan Alioski for his controversial behaviour against Burnley last weekend.
The Lowdown: Alioski in trouble
The Whites were in impressive form at Turf Moor last Saturday, cruising to a 4-0 win and keeping their faint European hopes alive.
There was an unsavoury moment in the game, however, with Alioski gesturing towards Burnley’s Dwight McNeil, while it is still not known exactly what was said between the two players.
The incident was reported to the FA by match official Graham Scott, with no decision made yet over the severity of it.
The Latest: Kenny lays into defender
Speaking to Football Insider, Kenny was not impressed by Alioski’s behaviour, saying it could take the gloss off what has been a superb season for Leeds:
“This is the last thing they need after Casilla. It isn’t good and let’s hope it’s nothing racial. Leeds have had such an amazing season. They don’t want to get brought under the spotlight for stuff like this.
“A huge part of Bielsa’s approach is about discipline after all. What Leeds are trying to do is nothing short of extraordinary.
“They have proved how good they are this season. They don’t need players like him bringing these unnecessary things to attention and marring their extraordinary work.”
The Verdict: Right time to part ways
Alioski is widely expected to leave Elland Road at the end of the season and incidents such as these make it clear that it is time to move him on.
The 29-year-old has been a good servant for Leeds, but he possesses both an erratic style of play and character, not always fitting the type of individual Marcelo Bielsa wants in his squad.
Alioski may yet be found to be clear of any wrongdoing in this instance, but it is sad to see the focus being taken away from this wonderful Whites side.
In other news, Leeds are believed to have scheduled talks with a potential new signing. Find out who it is here.
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