Ezgjan Alioski could tumble down the pecking order if he stays at Leeds United, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed there would be at least two new faces – a winger and a full-back – ahead of the 29-year-old next season.
Speaking on The Athletic’s The Phil Hay Show, Victor Orta confirmed talks had taken place with Alioski over his future this week.
As confirmed on Thursday, Leeds have tabled a new contract offer to avoid losing the North Macedonia international on a free.
However, Whelan suggested the wing-back may be concerned about his playing time next season.
He suggested there would be two signings, if not more, who could knock him down the pecking order.
Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “You would have thought representatives of Alioski would have been wheeling and dealing and getting things in place.
“As a player, I’m thinking I’m not going to get in ahead of Harrison. I’m not going to get in ahead of Dallas or Raphinha.
“They’re going to bring in another winger, I’m sure, this summer as well. I’m sure they’re going to bring in a natural full-back who will also be ahead of Alioski.
“From a player’s point of view, if he’s happy being on the bench, week in, week out, and fighting for a position, then great, absolutely fantastic.
“But in my opinion, he’s not getting in before any of those mentioned above or a new full-back that comes in.”
Alioski has established himself as Marcelo Bielsa’s first-choice left-back over the past 12 months.
He featured in all but two of Leeds’ league games on their return to the top flight.