Alan Hutton has tipped Leeds United to prioritise the signing of a top-quality left-back as Ezgjan Alioski closes in on a move to Galatasaray.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa full-back insisted the Whites needed a player like Luke Ayling on the left-hand side.
As revealed by Football Insider on Tuesday morning, Alioski, 29, has agreed a pre-contract deal with Galatasaray ahead of a summer move.
The Macedonia international has shared left-back duties with Stuart Dallas this season, although the Northern Irishman has recently nailed down a spot in midfield.
However, Hutton has admitted Alioski is not the natural full-back Leeds have needed at times this term.
Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “For a start, Dallas and Alioski aren’t left-backs. I think they had a problem there anyway before that.
“Alioski’s come in and he has kind of fitted in well. I think that way Leeds play, they’re very attacking, full-backs high up the pitch, it’s suited him.
“I think if we look at Leeds as a whole, they have conceded a lot of goals. They also concede a lot of set-pieces. Maybe that’s down to the fact the back-four for a long, long period of time were not an actual back-four.
“They have had to jig everybody around a little bit. I think he’s a good player. Moving to Galatasaray, I think, is a fantastic move for him. That’s a huge club.
“Now it turns to Leeds and the priority, I think, will be a left-back. With Luke Ayling on the right, I think they’re very solid there. At left-back, I think they’ll be looking for somebody similar, the next Ayling if you like.”