By Noel Whelan

28th Oct, 2020 | 9:05am

'He's Unbelievable' - Exclusive: Whelan drools as Leeds plot contract talks

Leeds United would be “saving themselves a lot of money” if they tied Ezgjan Alioski down to a new deal, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Whites and Coventry striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, hailed the “unbelievable” 28-year-old as an asset to Leeds both offensively and defensively.

Football Insider revealed that the Yorkshire club are keen to keep hold of the Macedonia international and are planning talks with him over a new contract.

Alioski has just eight months left on his current deal which is due to expire in June 2021 and could potentially sign a pre-contract with a foreign club from January.

The versatile left-sided midfielder has made five appearances this season, including two starts in the last three Premier League fixtures.

When asked by Football Insider if he believed Alioski was deserving of a contract extension, Whelan said:

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“Alioski has proven time and again that he is a capable left-sided player.

“We saw his enthusiasm and direct nature when he came up against Matty Cash last week. I think Matty Cash is still sleeping it off right now, Alioski and Harrison gave him that much of a battering down that side. I felt sorry for him that night.

“Alioski is a player that is consistent when called upon. He is goal threat, he can create, he can defend and his energy is unbelievable.

“Absolutely, Leeds should tie him down. They would be saving themselves a lot of money by doing so.”

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