Versatile Leeds United star Ezgjan Alioski fully deserves a new long-term contract, according to Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Aston Villa and England forward claimed the 28-year-old has proven he is Premier League quality this season.
He has already entered the final seven months of his current contract and could sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club in January.
Alioski has made five Premier League starts among his nine appearances this season and played the full 90 minutes of Saturday’s 1-0 win at Everton after being at the heart of the action against Arsenal the previous Sunday.
Gunners winger Nicolas Pepe received a red card after he headbutted Alioski in the second-half following a series of niggly interactions between the pair.
Asked by Football Insider whether he thought the Whites should tie down Alioski, Agbonlahor said: “I watched him in the Championship and he was a very fit and very exciting player.
“He showed so far in the Premier League that he can mix it in the big leagues so I’m sure a new contract is something that he deserves and something Leeds will be looking at.
“The incident at the weekend [with Pepe] was good acting and he nearly got his team a result.
“If Pepe is going to be played like and get sucked into giving any sort of contact it deserves a red card.
“I think it’s stupid from Pepe, he’s got to be more aware and not get wound up. He can’t give any contact, even if it’s minimal contact where you brush someone.
“If they go down VAR is going to look at it and it’s going to be a red card.”
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