Leeds beat Wigan Athletic at the weekend to return to the top of the Championship table, despite being without key players such as Kemar Roofe, Pablo Hernandez and Gaetano Berardi for large parts of the season.
Due to those injuries, Leeds had seen their form drop and before their win over Wigan, Bielsa’s side had only won two of their previous seven league games. The win at the weekend was crucial for the Yorkshire side as they go into a tough run of fixtures in the next few weeks. Bielsa’s men will face fellow title contenders, Sheffield United and West Brom while also facing a QPR side that has won four of their last five.
One player who has been crucial for Bielsa this season has been Ezgjan Alioski who has played all 16 games for the Argentinian. Despite that, Alioski has come in for criticism from former Leeds player Noel Whelan, who questioned why the attacker is never dropped.
Although Alioski may not grab the headlines like Pablo Hernandez, Kemar Roofe or Kalvin Phillips, he still remains a player that is essential to Bielsa’s side. The Macedonian is the only true left-sided midfielder in the team, aside from Stuart Dallas who’s been used as a left-back at times this season.
His energy down the flank is crucial and with so many of Leeds’ players falling to injury over the last few weeks, it’s a huge bonus for Bielsa to have a player that can play the full 90 minutes in almost every game.
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