It appears as though Leeds United are already prepared to wave off some senior members of their squad as the summer transfer window approaches. Ezgjan Alioski has been linked to an exit from Elland Road for some months and it now looks as though the chapter is firmly closing on his era in Yorkshire.
According to Football Insider, the left-back has instructed his agent to start looking for a new club. He is well into the final six months of his current contract with Leeds and will become a free agent once the season ends with negotiations proving unfruitful between him and the club.
At the moment, Alioski is Marcelo Bielsa’s only senior defender who can naturally play on the left. His only other option is Leif Davis, who has just 14 first team appearances for the Whites since signing from Morecambe in 2018, as per Transfermarkt. The 21-year-old is coming along nicely in terms of his progression, but he is nowhere near ready to become Leeds’ first choice left-back next season.
Victor Orta must scour the market for a replacement for Alioski, who looks to be definitely headed for the door. The North Macedonia international will free up a weekly wage of £55,000, which will give Andrea Radrizzani a good budget to move into the transfer window with.
Although the club haven’t offered him a new contract, Alioski has still been a valuable member of the team, both this season and last.
He has missed just two Premier League fixtures this term and has two goals to his name so far. He may not be high up the priority list in terms of personnel, but he is the only senior left-back Leeds have right now. Replacing him must be one of the first things they look to do once the window opens or they will be left seriously exposed on the left flank with just Davis and no real back up to cover.