Noel Whelan has insisted that Ezgjan Alioski’s days as a winger at Leeds United are all but over.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United striker claimed the Macedonia international, 27, won’t play as an attacker again for the club as Marcelo Bielsa now has far superior options.
Alioski returned to the Leeds line-up on Saturday as a replacement for injured left-back Barry Douglas and responded with a goal in an impressive 3-0 win at Stoke City.
“His future at Leeds is at left-back, where he is fighting with Barry Douglas,” Whelan said of Alioski to Football Insider. “I don’t see him as a winger anymore, and I don’t think Bielsa does, either.
“There’s no way back for him on the wing, as he struggles to get past players and beat a man. As a winger, you need tricks or extreme pace.
“There are at least four better wingers at Leeds. Helder Costa is better, Jack Clarke is better, while Pablo Hernandez and Jack Harrison have started the season really well as the first choices in the team.
“We have better wingers than Alioski and his chance of getting in the team from now on are at left-back only, unless we have an injury crisis.”
Alioski has been a mainstay of the Leeds team since signing from Swiss side Lugano in the summer of 2017.
He has made 96 appearances for the club, scoring 14 goals and supplying 11 assists.
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