Handing Ezgjan Alioski a new contract would be a “waste of money” for Leeds United, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker insisted the 29-year-old is “not good enough” to continue playing regularly at Elland Road.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference [24:30], Marcelo Bielsa insisted he would be happy to see Alioski stay and had told the club it would be “good” to tie him down.
However, he admitted he did not know whether the Macedonia international would commit to new terms.
The versatile performer is out of contract at the end of the season.
As revealed by Football Insider, Alioski has not told Leeds his future plans, though there is a contract offer still on the table at Elland Road.
However, Whelan has urged the Whites to withdraw the offer and let him leave at the end of the season.
“In my opinion, there’s no way he can stay at the club,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“He is not good enough to play at the football club. If we’re going to progress to be a team that is challenging and to what they say they want us to be in future years, then there’s absolutely no way that we can give him a new contract because it’s a waste of money.
“That money needs to go towards a regular left-back. Somebody made for that position, can defend, get in midfield areas and deliver crosses. Unfortunately, he’s lacking in one of them, which is a very important one.
“We need a natural left-sided fullback. If we do get another one in, which I think we will do, then he’s third in the pecking order. Why have a player on a new wage and a new contract that’s going to be third choice? It just doesn’t make any sense to me.”
This site revealed in March Alioski had agreed a pre-contract deal with Turkish giants Galatasaray.
However, there has been no official announcement and the left-sided star has continued to feature regularly under Bielsa.
In total, Alioski has played 32 times this season, primarily as a left wing-back.