Lugano suffer dramatic decline following Gjanni Alioski's Leeds move

Ezgjan Alioski of Leeds United celebrates after scoring the second goal during Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in...

Leeds United signed Ezgjan Alioski from Lugano in the summer, and the Swiss side have suffered a dramatic decline since.

Ezgjan Alioski of Leeds United celebrates after scoring the second goal during Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in...

When Leeds fans heard the rumours linking them with Macedonia winger Ezgjan Alioski during the summer, a quick look at his statistics from last season suggested that it had the potential to be an inspired signing.

Playing for Lugano, Alioski was the third highest goalscorer in the Swiss top flight, scoring 16 times, while he was also the third most prolific assist maker in the division, setting up 14 goals for his teammates.

Macedonia's midfielder Ezgjan Alioski attends a training session at Los Carmenes  Stadium in Granada on November 11, 2016, on the eve of their FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying football match...

Leeds supporters have needed little time to take Alioski to their hearts following his £2.5 million move to Elland Road in the summer window - fee reported by Transfermarkt - and it appears that his former side are in disarray without him. 

Lugano finished third in the division last season, six places higher than they had the year before. But life has been a lot more difficult since Alioski left.

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to kick off in the Sky Bet Championship League match between Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers, at Elland Road Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Leeds,...

Nine games in, Lugano find themselves bottom of the table, and it is not difficult to see where their main problem lies with the side boasting a decent defensive record but scoring just nine times - seemingly confirming that they have not replaced the creativity that Alioski provided.

And Leeds will be hoping that the 25-year-old - who has made a bright start to life in Yorkshire - can find his best form, as, while his statistics from last season did highlight how good he was, Lugano's start to life without Alioski also proves just how influential the winger can actually be. 

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