Leeds United team news: Alioski in line for axe after Saiz revelation

By Russell Edge

28th Mar, 2018 | 4:21pm

Leeds attacking mainstay set for shock axe v Bolton after major first team revelation from Heck


If Leeds United fans were to pick the position which they felt was the strongest in the squad, it would be a no-brainer for most.

In fact, the Elland Road faithful may argue that nearly every role in the first team was lacking the depth in quality to compete in the championship, with goalkeeper, centre forward and full back all in contention to be named as a weakness.

However, the same cannot be said about the attacking midfielders at the club.

It is the position where arguably the two best players at the Whites – Samu Saiz and Pablo Hernandez – operate in most naturally, and when both fit and available, one has often made way out wide for the other.

Unfortunately for Leeds, having both available at the same time has not occurred often enough, and it could be argued that the season would have been much more of a success had the pair not suffered injury and suspension between them both.

That could be set to change imminently though, with Paul Heckingbottom making the massive revelation that Saiz could well be back for Friday’s clash against Bolton Wanderers, having missed out against Sheffield Wednesday in the club’s last match, and suffering an injury niggle which could plague him until the end of the season.

If Saiz is back and firing on all cylinders, then Hernandez is more than likely to move from attacking midfielder to winger in order to accommodate his teammate, and the switch will come at the expense of attacking mainstay Ezgjan Alioski.

The 25-year-old has missed just four league games all season, 33 of his 34 appearances coming as starts, and so to see him axed from the starting XI would be a massive shock.

However, Hernandez and Saiz are a step above the Macedonian, and with the Whites looking to secure just their second win of 2018 against Bolton, Alioski is the unlucky man in the firing line.

In other Leeds United transfer news, the club must gamble on a 13-cap sicknote to secure a playoff spot next season.

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