If you were to mention Ezgjan Alioski’s name to Leeds fans at the start of last summer, you can bet that almost all of them would never have heard of the Macedonian.
Signed from Lugano in Switzerland in July of 2017, Alioski was one of a number of relatively unheard foreign players arriving at Elland Road during the transfer window.
However, almost eight months later, Alioski has shown the Leeds faithful exactly what he is capable of…in flashes anyway.
A truly versatile player, the 26-year-old, who is valued at £3.6 million by Transfermarkt, has been used in a number of positions across the field.
Despite his attacking pedigree, it is actually Alioski’s defensive work this season that has earned him plaudits.
On Wednesday, @LUFCData posted a stat confirming that no other player in the Championship had won more tackles than Alioski during the current campaign thus far.
— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) February 28, 2018
Upon seeing the post, Leeds fans took to Twitter to praise their player for this impressive statistic…
Even during his “bad spell” that was going forward. He’s been outstanding defensively all season. It’s no surprise that which ever side he plays on the Full Back has a good game.
— Gav Parker (@gavinparker10) February 28, 2018
Huge stat considering position and time played. Goes unnoticed. Be a huge player under Hecky now been coached properly
— Poz (@Poz89) February 28, 2018
Anyone else feel he’s gonna end up a superstar for us? Hope we can keep Saiz and Lasogga with him.
— Kurtis Steele (@FaxBrony) February 28, 2018
Considering he's been in and out of the team and missed 1/2 games this is very impressive. Hopefully his partnership with Samu can continue
— mathew hibbert (@matteohib94) February 28, 2018
Trouble is unless he’s waltzing past 3 people he’s written off, his work rate is outstanding and he’s full of quality when he does get the ball in good areas, oh and he’s been in English football how long ? Great talent #mot
— glyn hansford (@GlynHansford) February 28, 2018