Heckingbottom raves about Leeds 26-year-old, claims he is being too harsh
Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom has raved about Ezgjan Alioski but has claimed that winger is putting too much pressure on himself to perform.
Alioski, 26, scored his first goal since November as Leeds earned a 2-2 draw against Derby County at Pride Park on Wednesday night.
The Macedonia international had featured in 19 Championship fixtures in a row before he was axed from the starting line-up by Heckingbottom in his first home game in charge of the Whites against Bristol City at the weekend when he was named as an unused substitute.
However Alioski proved his worth off the bench against Derby with a stunning headed effort to put the ball past Scott Carson in the second-half.
Now, Heckingbottom has suggested that the former Lugano star has been beating himself up over his performances as of late, but the Leeds manager believes that the winger has it in him to build on his outing at Pride Park.
“I was pleased for him in terms of getting a goal,” said Heckingbottom, as quoted by the Yorkshire Post.
“Another player who is just so genuine. He wants to play every minute of every game. He wants to give you everything and probably beats himself up a bit, puts some pressure on himself and is judging himself too harshly.
“Looking at what he did after coming on, a couple of his defensive positions were superb.”
Alioski has been ever-present for Leeds since signing from Swiss side Lugano in the summer.
The attacker has made 33 appearances in all competitions for the Yorkshire giants, scoring six goals and supplying six assists in the process.
There’s a big chance that Alioski will start against Brentford on Saturday after Pablo Hernandez was hit with an injury in the draw at Derby.
In other Leeds United news, owner Andrea Radrizzani has sent a Twitter message to fans about the draw against the Rams.