By Danny Mills

13th Dec, 2020 | 7:00pm

Mills Exclusive: Bielsa U-turn tipped as Leeds on verge of agreeing contract

Danny Mills has claimed Leeds United could look to replace Ezgjan Alioski when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Whites and England defender suggested Leeds will not break the bank to replace the North Macedonia international.

Alioski was handed a fifth consecutive Premier League start in Leeds’ 2-1 defeat to West Ham on Friday night but was dragged off at half-time.

The 28-year-old started at left-back against the Hammers but was replaced by youngster Jamie Shackleton who was making his fourth league appearance of the season.

Last week against Chelsea, Alioski was substituted after 69 minutes after struggling against Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.

Football Insider revealed earlier this week the Yorkshire giants were hopeful of securing Alioski to a new contract within weeks.

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Asked by Football Insider whether Alioski’s performance against West Ham may have changed Bielsa’s mind, Mills said: “He was always a squad player in the Championship, he was never a guaranteed starter.

“If you can bring in better quality than Alioski, it depends how much you’re going to have to pay. If you can bring in better quality for not much money, in terms of wages, then you do it.

“It doesn’t matter what position you are, how good you are, if you can bring in better quality for less money or similar then you do it. 

“That will just depend on how well this season goes, who is available and who Leeds can bring in towards the end of the season.”

Alioski told BBC Radio Leeds last month he would “love” to stay at Elland Road beyond the end of the season.

The versatile winger has featured in 10 of Leedes’ 12 Premier League fixtures this term.

In other Leeds United news, two teens have been tipped for a first XI promotion after Bielsa update.