Ezgjan Alioski will struggle to be a key part of Marcelo Bielsa’s future plans at Leeds United if he stays put this summer, according to Noel Whelan.
The Lowdown: Future up in the air
The Whites enjoyed an excellent season back in the Premier League and the aim now will be to keep hold of key figures and push on again next year.
Other reports though have claimed that he is still discussing his future with Leeds, however, suggesting a new deal could yet be signed at Elland Road.
The Latest: Whelan claims Alioski won’t feature much
“You would have thought representatives of Alioski would have been wheeling and dealing and getting things in place.
“As a player, I’m thinking I’m not going to get in ahead of Harrison. I’m not going to get in ahead of Dallas or Raphinha.
“They’re going to bring in another winger, I’m sure, this summer as well. I’m sure they’re going to bring in a natural full-back who will also be ahead of Alioski.
“From a player’s point of view, if he’s happy being on the bench, week in, week out, and fighting for a position, then great, absolutely fantastic.
“But in my opinion, he’s not getting in before any of those mentioned above or a new full-back that comes in.”
The Verdict: Time to move on
While the idea of Alioski remaining at Leeds is certainly no bad thing, it does feel as though he has reached at natural conclusion at the club, following 171 appearances in Yorkshire.
At 29, it is likely that he won’t improve much more as player and it could be argued that an out-and-out left-back would bring more balance to the team.
As Whelan alludes to, Alioski would have to accept he plays a bit-part role, should he stay on, suggesting that he should leave and be a key man elsewhere.
In other news, Leeds have been linked with a move for a relegated Premier League player – find out who it is here.
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