John Hartson: Leeds Untied ace Gjanni Alioski won't be short of offers
Leeds United ace Ezgjan Alioski won’t be short of offers this summer, according to former Wales international John Hartson.
Speaking on ITV’s coverage of North Macedonia’s Euro 2020 opener against Austria, Hartson found himself discussing the future of the 29-year-old left-back, whose contract at Leeds expires at the end of this month.
Hartson said: “He’s 29-years-of-age, Alioski. There won’t be any shortage of offers for him.
“He’s had a really good season at Leeds, counting towards Leeds also having a good season.”
He’s probably right
It’ll be a sad day to see Alioski leave Leeds United but based on the fact his contract expires in a couple of weeks, it’s looking very likely.
The North Macedonia international has been a mainstay for Leeds during their rise from mid-table mediocrity in the Championship to a top-half finish in the Premier League, playing 171 appearances in all competitions since arriving from Lugano in 2017.
He’s now playing on one of the biggest stages in international football at the European Championships, which is a massive testament to how well he has done in England.
But unfortunately, it does seem as though Alioski’s bound for the exit as there has been strong speculation linking him with a move to Galatasaray while the Mirror’s David Anderson has reported a chance to sign a new contract has been rejected.
There hasn’t been any official news about him moving on but we’d still like Alioski to stay – we just don’t think he should stay and be a first-choice left-back.
We need a proper left-back this summer.
Alioski does the job well considering he’s not naturally a full-back but there’ll be plenty of others out there who can serve as an improvement.
That’s the harsh reality of the new landscape Leeds find themselves in.
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