With the Premier League season now winding down, Marcelo Bielsa may treat these final few Leeds United games as a chance to start planning ahead for the new campaign.
The Whites will hope to enjoy another major transfer window in the summer, after the success last year saw the likes of Raphinha and Diego Llorente be brought in for the club’s return to the top-flight.
But one man who Bielsa must surely now ensure doesn’t play for the club again, is Gjanni Alioski.
The 29-year-old’s contract at Elland Road expires come the end of the season, and reports in recent weeks have suggested that the likes of Galatasaray are interested in signing him on a free transfer.
With still no talks of Alioski putting pen to paper on a new deal at the club, it seems rather pointless to be keep playing him in the Premier League, particularly when the Whites aren’t really involved in the fight for a European place.
Those precious first-team minutes could be given to someone like Niall Huggins, who’s been shining at academy level and is surely deserving of a chance to impress before the campaign ends.
And while Alioski may have impressed with a superb display at the weekend against Spurs, in general, he’s let Bielsa down far too often with his lapses in concentration – something former Leeds man Noel Whelan has been quick to point out.
He told Football Insider: “Alioski was diabolical to be quite honest with you. The free-kick, where he is trying to get a megs in the wrong area, that was his first mistake. The second mistake was back to the Alioski of old.
“We saw that weakness on the left-hand side again. The right thing was to take him off, 100 per cent. He was a liability. Another game which highlighted our need to go into the market for a left-back.”
He added: “Leeds need a natural full-back there that you know can cover most bases, definitely defensively because as much as he gives everything, he is a liability. He’s not the best of defenders.
The £55k-a-week ace should be nowhere near the first-team picture in these final couple of weeks of the Premier League season, and his Leeds career should now effectively be already over.