Have Leicester missed out on the next Riyad Mahrez to Leeds United?

Leicester's Riyad Mahrez

Leicester City wanted Ezgjan Alioski before Leeds moved in. Should they regret missing out on a potential bargain?

A year ago Leicester City were still celebrating being crowned Premier League champions, and a key figure in their success was Riyad Mahrez.

The Algerian won the 2015/16 PFA Player of the Year Award after a sensational campaign - even more incredible because as The Mirror reported, he cost the Foxes just £400,000.

Leicester struggled to recapture their success last season, and they require more sensible buys like Mahrez, rather than the over priced disappointments they moved for last summer.

Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez in actionLeicester City's Riyad Mahrez in action

Links with Lugano winger Ezgjan Alioski in May were an encouraging sign.

The Leicester Mercury reported that Leicester were eyeing the unheralded 24-year-old, as a potential replacement for Mahrez.

Alioski is a winger who scored for fun last season in Switzerland, netting 16 league goals to finish as the division's third highest goalscorer - while also providing 14 assists.

He would have been a low risk bargain, just like Riyad Mahrez was when Leicester bought him from Le Havre in 2014.

Instead Leicester were beaten to his signature by Championship club Leeds United, who saw off competition from teams in Germany and Italy to snap him up.

Time will tell if Leeds have indeed struck gold. The small fee paid for Alioski is more significant to them than Premier League side Leicester. 

Dubbed Macedonia's Gareth Bale by German website SPOX, Alioski could give Leicester reason to regret not pushing their interest if he makes a quick adaptation to English football at Elland Road.

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