Leeds United left-back Gjanni Alioski silenced his jesters with a solid display for North Macedonia as they beat Germany 2-1 on Wednesday.
The left-back has struggled for game time with the Whites in recent weeks and got off to a slow start against the Germans.
Germany’s English-language Twitter account even mocked the 29-year-old after he was done by a bit of skill from Bayern Munich’s Leroy Sane.
However, the left-back did not let that incident get him down and he recovered well to help his team to a famous win.
He showed the mockery was poorly thought out as it was Alioski and his teammates who had the last laugh, which was great to see.
The Leeds star was not particularly great on the ball with 64% pass accuracy but he made three clearances and one tackle [WhoScored].
He fulfilled his job perfectly in a well-organised North Macedonian defence and frustrated top-class opponents.
Between them, Sane and Serge Gnabry have scored 13 goals and assisted 12 this season in all competitions.
There is little doubt they are both world-class yet both were frustrated due in part to Alioski’s contribution.
Alioski also played a role in attack for his side with eight crosses and six long balls attempted, per WhoScored.
That was great to see and hints that he could still have a lot more to give the Whites both in defence and attack before the season is up.
Alioski could be coming to the end of his Leeds career if certain reports are to be believed and it would be nice to see him feature in every game before the season ends.
He has given us several years of service and played a big role in an important period for us so deserves to be remembered fondly.
Hopefully he takes encouragement from his performance against Germany and returns to Leeds revitalised for the nine games we have left.
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