Noel Whelan ripped into Ezgjan Alioski as Leeds United slumped to a shock 2-1 league defeat to 10-man Wigan Athletic today (Saturday).
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former United striker highlighted the fiftful contribution of Alioski as the destiny of their automatic promotion pursuit slipped from their grasp.
Leeds took an early lead through Patrick Bamford at a sun-lit Elland Road after Pablo Hernandez had missed a penalty and Wigan had been reduced to 10 men but Gavin Massey scored twice to secure a memorable triumph for Paul Cook’s men.
Left-back Alioski played the full 90 minutes of the match, in which the home side had 77 per cent of the possession and a remarkable 36 shots.
The Macedonia international was effectively playing in the left-wing position in which he played for the first half of the season due to Leeds’ dominance of the ball.
“At times, you don’t see the best of him on the wing,” Whelan said. “He lacks the discipline and concentration and gets caught off-side too often.
“His decision-making at times bewilders me. He has energy to burn and is good in the air for a small guy, but he can be a bit of a wimp at times, rolling around on the ground and being theatrical.
“I’m from the old school where you stay on your feet and don’t show the opposition any weaknesses, and that you have been hurt.”
In other Leeds United news, the club are closing in on a JAWDROPPING £177million windfall after developments this week.