David Norris claims Ezgjan Alioski will leave

Former Leeds United midfielder David Norris has claimed that left-back Ezgjan Alioski is ‘definitely going to be leaving’ this summer.

After a torrid game against Brighton, Alioski came back strongly in Saturday’s win against Tottenham Hotspur.

In the build-up to the game, it looked like he would be dropped with Stuart Dallas moved to the left-back spot, but Marcelo Bielsa stuck with him, and it paid off.

However, the player’s contract is running out at the end of the season, and it’s looking unlikely that he will extend it.

According to Fotospor, he has reportedly signed a three-year deal at Galatasaray before a potential summer move.

Norris is certain of the fact that the fans won’t be seeing him at Elland Road next season. Speaking to Football FanCast, he said, “Yeah, Alioski is definitely going to be leaving. So, with him off I wouldn’t be surprised to see someone new come in.”

Find someone better

We’ve known for a while that Alioski is unlikely to stay so the best thing to do is to move on and think of how we can replace him.

It’s essential that we nail this transfer as left-back is a position that desperately needs to be strengthened.

Alioski’s shown fleeting glimpses of his quality this season and his lack of consistency is why some fans would be happy to see the back of him.

There’s no denying that when he’s good, he really takes the team to a different level – as you could see with the overlapping runs he made vs Spurs – giving Serge Aurier a run for his money.

In November, when it looked likely that he was going to extend his contract, Kevin Phillips said, “His attitude is good and every club needs a player like that. He is a player who can unlock the door and he has a brilliant work rate.” [Football Insider]

However, since then we’ve not seen too much of this. Reports linking us Nicolas Tagliafico are positive and we must get that deal over the line as soon as possible.

In other Leeds United news, Reliable journalist claims Leeds want to sign ‘next Frank Lampard’ on loan this summer