Exclusive: Danny Mills drools over Leeds player who faces 'Problem' becoming regular starter
Danny Mills showered Leeds United defender Ezgjan Alioski with praise but admitted he has a problem when it comes nailing down a first-team spot.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Leeds defender stated that Alioski didn’t really have his “own position” so would more often than not be used as cover.
The 27-year-old has started only two of Leeds’ last six league games, with him coming off the bench to feature in the other four matches.
Mills explained that Alioski has been deployed as a full-back at times, but isn’t a specialist in that position so others move above him in the pecking order.
When asked if Alioski should be considered a starter as he seems to have become more of a super substitute as of late, Mills told Football Insider: “Yeah I think the problem he has is that he’s not an out-and-out full-back.
“And you’ve got some very good wingers or wide-midfield players in those positions so it makes it difficult for him to get in on a regular basis.
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“He’s filled in at full-back before and done well but you’d have to say if you have a specialist in that position you probably favourite likely to favour that type of player.
“We’ve seen that at many football clubs all over the place, yes he has done incredibly well, he’s done fantastically well filling in, he’ll still play 25 games, 35 games a season, dipping in and out but he doesn’t really have his own position.
“Sometimes that’s brilliant as a manager but not always great as a player.”
Alioski has featured a total of 20 times across all competitions, scoring four goals and registering one assist in the process.
The Macedonian flyer has been at Elland Road since joining Leeds from Swiss side FC Lugano in 2017 and is under contract with the Championship side until 2021.
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