Noel Whelan has told Football Insider that he is concerned about Leeds United’s Ezgjan Alioski.
The former Leeds striker, who now works as a pundit for BBC Radio Leeds, believes that Alioski – who can operate as a winger or as a left-back – can be a liability at the back.
The 27-year-old North Macedonia is a winger by trade, but the former Lugano star has been deployed as a left-back by Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa this season due to an injury suffered by Barry Douglas.
Bielsa really likes Alioski and has made him a regular in the team, but Whelan is not fully convinced.
Whelan told Football Insider about Alioski: “His defending at time is very lacking in quality, he can be a liability.
“Alioski is a 100 per center who will run all day but, when it comes to defending, he goes to ground and sells himself too often.
“Good defenders stay on their feet. Three times against Barnsley, he slid in to tackle, ended on the ground and was out of the game.
“He needs to learn if he wants to play in that position and stay in the side. It’s a big worry for Leeds if he doesn’t learn from his mistakes.”
Alioski has made four starts and two substitute appearances in the Championship for Leeds so far this season, scoring one goal in the process, according to WhoScored.
During the 2018-19 campaign, the 27-year-old made 44 appearances in the Championship for the Whites, scoring seven goals and providing five assists in the process, according to WhoScored.
Leeds are at the top of the Championship table at the moment with 16 points from seven matches, level on points with second-placed Swansea City, who are behind on goal difference.