By Mark Smith

2nd May, 2021 | 5:00pm

Leeds set to 'upgrade' Ezgjan Alioski in summer window - Graham Smyth

Leeds United defender Ezgjan Alioski suffered heavily on Saturday during the 2-0 defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion.

The left-back was substituted during the half-time break after he handed the home side a penalty when dragging Danny Welbeck to the floor necessarily.

Graham Smyth has shared an update on the defenders’ future, with the Whites said to be preparing an upgrade in that position after no breakthrough on a new contract.

Writing in his Yorkshire Evening Post column on Sunday morning, it appears the North Macedonian international did himself no favours yesterday.

“Gjanni Alioski’s performance at left-back drew further attention to an area that has given the odd black eye even going back into the Championship days,” he said.

“With the contract offer on the table still unsigned, his future appears ever more likely to lie elsewhere yet even if a player who has done a job this season against elite opposition was to remain, an upgrade will be made.”
Alioski was simply shocking against Brighton yesterday, and we still can’t wrap our heads around what he was even attempting when giving away the penalty.
Welbeck was already past him, and with the defender being on the floor, the only way he could make an impact was by bringing him down.
Just one quick thought would have seen common sense prevail and Alioski would have removed himself from the situation and pray that he would be bailed out by his teammates, but that clearly didn’t happen.
With no contract still not being signed, the Whites and Victor Orta will be considering their options and making moves early to cover this loss.
The latest name to be linked to West Yorkshire is Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico, and that would be a ginormous upgrade from the Macedonian.