Ezgjan Alioski will make a decision over his Leeds United future before he goes on holiday, according to former Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor.
The Lowdown: Alioski’s future up in the air
The 29-year-old’s Whites future has looked in doubt for some time now, with his contract expiring at the end of this month and no new deal agreed.
Galatasaray have been strongly linked with completing a move for Alioski, but he has been on Euro 2020 duty with North Macedonia, putting his club future on hold for the time being.
The Leeds left-back is now out of the tournament, however, meaning he can decide where he will be plying his trade next season.
The Latest: Decision imminent, claims pundit
Speaking to Football Insider, Agbonlahor tipped Alioski to make a definite choice before he enjoys a well-earned holiday shortly:
“Yes, I think so. Pre-season’s around the corner so I’m sure he’ll want to get signed up.
“Then he can get himself on holiday for a couple of weeks before he has to be back for pre-season.
“I don’t think Bielsa is the sort of manager that will allow him to have too much extra time off pre-season training when the rest are back.
“I’m sure he’ll go on holiday now for two or three weeks but sort his contract out before he goes. Then you can relax on your holiday and know where you are for next season.”
The Verdict: Preferable to keep him?
In truth, Leeds are arguably in a win-win situation with regards to Alioski’s future – if he stays it will be good news, but they may not lose any sleep if he moves on either, as they can replace a converted winger with a specialised full-back.
On one hand, he has a huge amount of experience and knows how to thrive in Marcelo Bielsa’s system, having appeared in 36 of his side’s 38 Premier League games in 2020/21.
At 29, he doesn’t represent the long-term future, however, and it may be that Leeds would benefit more from having an out-and-out left-back in the team who is younger with time to develop under Bielsa.
In other news, a pundit has been discussing a potential backup option to Illan Meslier. Find out who it is here.
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