Ezgjan Alioski has been a “massive servant” to Leeds United and can leave the club with his head held high.
That is the view of former Whites striker and boyhood fan Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the 29-year-old took another step closer to a summer exit from Elland Road.
This site revealed at the end of February Alioski had told his agent to start working on finding him a new club with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.
Turkish outlet Milliyet now report Galatasary are very close to agreeing a deal with the versatile Macedonian.
“Would he be missed next season? Not really, when it comes to his performances at left wing-back,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“We’ll miss his energy going forward but we can replace that.
“I can’t see how that’s going to change. We’ve got Helder Costa, we’ve got Jack Harrison, we’ve got Raphinha that can play out on there on the left-hand side. We’ve got Dallas who can play out there, we’ve got Shackleton that can play out there.
“I think he’s served his time and he’s served his time well at Leeds United. I think he’s done everything that was required when he came into the club.
“He’s been a massive servant to us in the Championship but when you’re looking to progress and move forward as a football club and start pushing towards heights you want to be hitting in the Premier League, progression season on season, you have to be looking at a natural left-sided wingback. Alioski’s not that, unfortunately.
“He would be third choice at the club and you can’t hold onto players just for sentiment. He’s done his job, he’ll go down in history.
“But he’s not for Leeds United at the moment and I think the club are doing the right thing and I think Alioski needs to play, he needs game time and if he gets it there you have to move on.”