Leeds United fans were brought back to earth on Saturday after the club’s strong start to the new season, with a frustrating 0-0 draw at home to Preston North End in the Championship clash at Elland Road.

The Whites created chances in the game but could not take any in a performance that at times lacked direction and purpose.

Leeds have lofty ambitions of returning to the Premier League this season under Thomas Christiansen and had started the campaign with a win over Bolton Wanderers last Sunday.

A midweek victory over Port Vale in the Carabao Cup furthered belief that the Yorkshire side were set to be a real force this season, but expectations were blunted slightly against Preston.

Chris Wood was not his normal predatory self, while the supporting cast in the Leeds forward line failed to make a lasting impression.

Christiansen has real options in the final third after an expansive summer in the transfer market but one man that is expected to be a key man for the Whites this term is Ezgjan Alioski.

The Macedonia international winger joined Leeds from Lugano after a solitary, goal-laden campaign in Swiss football – and the early signs in England have been very positive.

Alioski’s pace and trickery have been on show in the early games of the 2017-18 season, but the new wideman struggled to spark the Whites attack into life against Preston.

The new man will have competition for his starting berth, with the likes of Hadi Sacko, Stuart Dallas and Souleymane Doukara also hoping to play regularly.

The Leeds fans have taken to Twitter after the game to express their opinions on the winger’s performance, with some of them criticising the summer signing.

Others have urged patience, stating that Alioski is set to be a real star once he finds his feet at Elland Road – here are the best tweets.



  1. Just like old times.
    You get what you pay for.
    The Championship is tough, if you don’t get the basics right!
    Early days!!

  2. Some pathetic comments on twitter especially regarding Alioski, he is class, one quiet performance and fans are already after his blood, what stupid fans. Saiz needs to start next match in place of Hernandez.

  3. Alioski did ok just fluffed that shot but what skill to beat defenders to produce it? He needs to be given time. We’ll get an idea what we are really about v Fulham. Last season they were different class v us. I too was frustrated by a 0-0 but our attacking flair is way better now.


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