By Mark Smith

20th Oct, 2019 | 5:19pm

MOT View: Leeds ace surely facing uphill battle to replace in-form 27y/o

Ezgjan Alioski is positive on and off the pitch for Leeds. 

From #Gjannicam before every single game to his consistent displays for Marcelo Bielsa, it’s tough not to appreciate the 27-year-old at the moment.

Alioski has been phenomenal since arriving at Elland Road and has adapted his game to play at left-back in the face of injuries last season.

When Barry Douglas arrived at the club from Wolves, it was expected that he would nail down the left-back spot and show the same sort of attacking prowess that he did for the midlands side. The Scotsman hasn’t scored a single goal for the club.

Douglas has picked up more injuries than expected and Alioski has cemented his spot at left-back in his absence.

The Macedonian international was great once again in the 1-0 win against Birmingham on Saturday and was a constant thorn in the Blues’ side.

Playing a little further forward in more of a wing-back role, Alioski made plenty of chances for himself and should have scored.

The 27-year-old had five shots on goal in the game [Source: WhoScored] – an impressive stat that highlights how much of a different option he gives Leeds going forward from defence.

There is no doubting Douglas’ quality on the ball. Where he lacks is his pace, and his ability to consistently push forward and offer the same threat that Alioski does.

With the Macedonian excelling once again on Saturday, Douglas is surely facing an uphill battle to earn back his spot in the side. A place on the bench will be waiting for him in each game as it stands.

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