No one could possibly question Ezgjan Alioski’s work rate as Leeds United kept their place at the top of the Championship with an edgy 3-2 win against Ipswich Town at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon.
The Macedonian fan favourite put in one hell of a shift once again for Thomas Christiansen’s side but it is fair to say his end product was a little lacking.
Alioski failed to produce an accurate cross in his 90 minutes on the pitch while all three of his attempts on goal missed the target. That is the nature of a winger, of course, and you cannot expect consistency from a player employed to take risks.
Yet, the 25-year-old could do with adding a little efficiency to his end product if he is to build on a positive start to life at Elland Road that already has fans bellowing his name from the terraces.
Leeds travel to Cardiff City on Tuesday with Neil Warnock’s side down in third place on goal difference only. And you wonder whether, after starting eight of Leeds’ nine Championship games so far this season, Alioski would benefit from starting on the bench in South Wales.
The Championship is a taxing competition, both mentally and physically, and you could hardly blame Alioski for having an off day just a few months after arriving from Switzerland.
Although Leeds cannot really afford one of those in Cardiff.
I respect opinion but I thought Alioski's final ball was dreadful yesterday. Every time almost. Needs to be better.— Charlie Sopp (@soppy13mot) September 24, 2017
Same 4 me, yday an ok performance, pablo making us tick right now. Need to figure out how to keep supply to him saiz n alioski when bullied.— Andrew Bedford (@Briangayle92) September 24, 2017
Saiz was under par & not Alioski's best game either but Pablo always drifts in & out too. You can't afford 3 luxury players not doing it.— Stuart Marshall (@Marsh_Spain) September 23, 2017
In my ho think Alioski is having problems playing at ER.He came from Swiss League 5k max a game,give him time theres a player there #lufc— LUFC Expert (@Snakeabe) September 23, 2017
They must play at highest level than today and Alioski keeping the ball in his foots to much. For me Klich and Viera vs Cardiff or Dallas.— Leeds United Balkan (@LeedsUtdBalkan) September 23, 2017
An extra central midfielder (Klich) in for either pablo or alioski. And Pontus needs to play too.— Mark Devaney (@markwd1) September 23, 2017
I’d play Dallas for Alioski, Jansson for Shaughnessy & Berardi for Anita on Tuesday #lufc— Matt (@mattliam_) September 23, 2017
I'd probably look at Roofe for Alioski. That's why we have a squad. Don't think TC will mess with the shape.— HungryDuck (@avantiproperty) September 23, 2017
For example, Alioski is a good player & undeniably skilful but he doesn’t know when to release it sometimes. It’ll come with time.— Tommy D (@tommy_lufc) September 23, 2017
Cardiff I think we need changes. Be big and strong alioski needs a break and maybe pablo to sit out too. #lufc— jayjay82 (@jwh1982) September 23, 2017