Leeds United may be risking Marcelo Bielsa’s wrath amid a major transfer update on Gjanni Alioski’s future at Elland Road.
The 28-year-old’s long-term future at the Premier League side is uncertain, given that his contract is set to expire at the end of this season.
Now, Fotospor claim that Alioski could in fact be on his way to Super Lig side Galatasaray. The Macedonian press (Ekipa) have further backed up those claims by suggesting that Leeds are still deliberating over whether to offer the versatile left-back a new contract, and that if they don’t, the Turkish giants could step in.
Despite The Athletic’s Phil Hay claiming that Leeds are still speaking to the full-back over a new deal, the fact it hasn’t gone through and that he is already available to talk to foreign clubs to join on a pre-contract deal has put the Whites in a precarious position.
At just 28, Alioski is by no means a player who is over the hill or heading on a downward slope in his career, and he seems to have the kind of personality and character that is crucial for any dressing room.
Former Premier League striker Kevin Phillips said earlier this season: “From what I gather, his attitude is good and every club needs a player like that. He is a player who can unlock the door and he has a brilliant work rate.
“When he comes off the bench he can change the game and if you start with him he might be able to produce a bit of magic. Either way he does not moan and every squad needs a player like that. He is a player that they would like to keep. Leeds will want to get him on a new contract.”
Writing in The Athletic, Hay said: “Opinion about him can be divided between those who see merit in Alioski’s engine and flashes of class and those who question his ability to consistently impact on games. Bielsa’s own assessment of him is clear enough. Only the disciplined survive under Bielsa. When the Argentinian took over at Leeds, Alioski was one of those who comfortably made the cut.”
The £3.6m-rated man has been a Bielsa lynch-pin since the Argentine’s arrival as Leeds boss, with only Mateusz Klich playing more than him in the 2018/2019 campaign, whilst only six players featured more last season.
Whilst there’s no stopping the Whites from going out and potentially getting better, he remains a valuable part of the squad at Elland Road.
Letting him go on a free transfer would surely get Bielsa worked up, especially given the kind of service Alioski has provided him over the past couple of seasons.