Noel Whelan has revealed he’s being won over by Ezgjan Alioski in his defensive role at Leeds United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds forward explained that he has had serious misgivings about Alioski being the regular left-back in Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
But Whelan believes the Macedonia international is steadily improving his defensive skills as he gets used to the role.
Alioski was converted to a left-back in the second half of last season after spending most of his career as a winger.
Barry Douglas started the first three Championship matches of this season before an injury to the former Wolves man handed Alioski his opportunity.
“He’s winning me over,” Whelan told Football Insider of the scorer of the game’s only goal in Leeds’ landmark midweek win over West Brom. “He still needs to really work on his positioning and tackling. He goes to ground too easily and is a bit reckless. He’s been a calamity at times.
“Barry Douglas is a better defender, but Alioski is better going forward. The way Bielsa plays – on the front foot – ability going forward is more important to him.
“Bielsa likes to get his full-backs nice and high, they’re almost wing-backs the way the team is set up. That suits Alioski, who can create and score goals.”
Alioski is expected to remain in the starting XI for Leeds’ trip to Millwall tomorrow.
Bielsa’s team are second in the Championship after 10 matches, just a single point behind leaders Swansea City.
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