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.
#lufc alioski having a poor game imo
— scottmjones (@thescottmjones) August 12, 2017
Hernandez has been woeful, Alioski poor. Need more intensity #lufc
— Adam (@aeph24) August 12, 2017
Saiz and Alioski were very poor #lufc
— Nick Ansell (@NickAnsell) August 12, 2017
— Boaby Dazzler (@BobbyDazzzzzler) August 12, 2017
Well that was an anti climax. Roofe & Alioski didn't do enough for me #lufc
— Mat Greveson (@GrevesonMat) August 12, 2017
Ayling and O'Kane class as always.. Alioski needs some time to adjust to championship. Another day it's 3-0 #LUFC
— Ashley Johnson (@AshJohnson20) August 12, 2017
Thoughts: Time wasting is soul destroying, Alioski is probably still in their LB's pocket, Vieira and Saiz should start, need a LW. #lufc
— Michael Milner (@MichaelMilnerr) August 12, 2017
Alioski will be a brilliant player for us but needs times to adjust #lufc I'd start Dallas on Tuesday
— Armo #NH69🇺🇸 (@Jordan_Armo) August 12, 2017
Alioski has been hyped up way to much. Roofe was poor today. Ayling decent as always. CBJ looks good and o'kane was v good. #LUFC
— Danny 🌪 (@DannyBoy1da) August 12, 2017
Absolutely garbage first half. Red card changed game and we still couldn't break them down. Alioski was awful. Great save from there keeper
— Danny Simpson (@SimmoLUFC_) August 12, 2017
Alioski didn't have a bad game per se, he was just fouled a lot. That's the adjustment to Champ football, but he'll be alright. #LUFC
— The Scratching Shed (@TSSLUFC) August 12, 2017
Can't believe our fans are writing Alioski off already. Gonna be a baller that lad. #lufc
— BC (@BC_LUFC) August 12, 2017
Thought Wood did alright but that miss was poor, Alioski was quite disappointing imo, thought Saiz was quality when he came on though
— Jake (@JakeLUFC_) August 12, 2017
Alioski will be like Roofe last year will take 3/4 months to properly Bed already imo in flashes how much potential he has #lufc
— Benny Tayls (@BennyTaylsLUFC) August 12, 2017