Ezgjan Alioksi joined Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa for the club’s press conference on Thursday.
The 28-year-old left-back has been in fine form in recent week. Just like everyone else at Elland Road, he has been reinvigorated and improved by the guidance of Bielsa, and the Macedonian heaped credit to the Argentine coach during the press conference.
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As quoted by the Whites’ official Twitter account, when asked about the impact Bielsa has had at the Yorkshire club, Alioski said: “This year, with this coach, we’re enjoying the season. It’s like a surprise, like a gift, so as players we make sure we’re working hard.”
“We make sure we’re working hard” pic.twitter.com/yUKByvBUbs
— Leeds United (@LUFC) 7 March 2019
A full recording of the press conference has also been provided by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
When considering the transformative effect Bielsa has had on Leeds, and how quickly he has been able to imprint his ideals and philosophy on the squad, then a ‘gift’ to the club is perhaps the best way to describe him and his influence.
Last season, Leeds finished 13th in the Championship. This time around, with largely the same squad, they’re in the thick of the title race and playing scintillating football.
On top of that, Bielsa has also committed himself to bringing through talented academy prospects, with the likes of Jack Clarke, Leif Davis and Aapo Halme, amongst others, all getting first team minutes this season.