Leeds United defender Ezjgan Alioski wows during international action for North Macedonia
Leeds United star Ezjgan Alioski enjoyed a productive Friday evening as he helped North Macedonia to a convincing 4-0 win over Kazakhstan.
The 29-year-old scored the opening goal from the penalty spot and played the full 90 minutes as his national side demolished the opposition during their international friendly.
Alioski and co are gearing up for North Macedonia’s first-ever major tournament with the European Championships just around the corner.
The flying full-back put on a masterclass on Friday, and his all-round performance caught the eye but there was one particular moment of brilliance that left Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Lee Sobot in awe, as detailed on his personal Twitter profile.
He wrote: “Crazy bit of skill from Alioski inside the Kazakhstan box to skin his man. Foot on the ball then quick touch to burst clear. One to look for later.”
Sobot also called him a “machine” earlier in the game.
Crazy bit of skill from Alioski inside the Kazakhstan box to skin his man. Foot on the ball then quick touch to burst clear. One to look for later. Cross cleared. 4-0. 90 mins. #lufc
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) June 4, 2021
Alioski has often been utilised out of position at Leeds, owing to his versatility and Marcelo Bielsa’s preference of his full-backs.
He is afforded greater licence with his national side, often appearing as a number 10 or as a wing-back with less defensive responsibility.
He appears to thrive on the task as one of the elder statesman in the group who is expected to carry much of the attacking burden on his shoulders.
It’s something we’ve seen to a lesser extent at Leeds but we all know he has those moments of magic up his sleeve, and it was on show in abundance on Friday evening.
The skill Sobot is referring to is certainly one to look up, and Alioski looks set to dazzle at the upcoming Euro’s.
We’re still none the wiser as to whether he will extend his Elland Road stay, but on the basis of this evidence, we’re desperate to see him put pen to paper on fresh terms.