Kevin Campbell has suggested Ezgjan Alioski’s future will come down to whether Leeds United can “attract someone better” this summer.
The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Whites could find it “difficult” to sign a replacement.
Speaking to the Athletic, director of football Victor Orta revealed he had held face-to-face talks with Alioski over a potential new deal at Elland Road.
The wing-back’s current terms are set to expire later this month, meaning Leeds risk losing him on a free if he does not sign a new contract.
Orta stated both parties understood the other’s “position” ahead of the summer.
However, he admitted he was not sure if Alioski would stay.
Campbell insisted Leeds needed to consider if they could sign an upgrade this summer before tying the North Macedonia international down.
He insisted the Whites may as well splash the cash on Alioski if they cannot find anyone better.
Campbell told Football Insider’s Dylan Childs: “He’s been virtually a constant in the team.
“He’s good, he’s pretty consistent but obviously you get to this part. The key is can they attract someone better? That’s the other thing.
“If they can’t attract someone better, they might as well pay him and keep him. It’s going to be a difficult one for Leeds.”
Alioski featured in all but two of Leeds’ Premier League games during the 2020/21 campaign.
A converted winger, he has made 171 appearances for the Whites and has 41 international caps under his belt.