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Could Ezgjan Alioski provide shock solution to future Leeds United defensive troubles?

Wales player Aaron Ramsey (r) challenges Ezgjan Alioski of Macedonia during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Wales and Macedonia at Cardiff City Stadium on October...

The Macedonian came through the ranks at Young Boys as a left-back.

Ezgjan Alioski of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Leeds United at the KCOM Stadium on January 30, 2018 in Hull, England.Ezgjan Alioski of Leeds United 

Leeds United have had something of a defensive shortage in recent weeks. Suspensions and injury have been an issue with the likes of Luke Ayling, Liam Cooper, Matthew Pennington, Conor Shaughnessy and Gaetano Berardi all having some involuntary time out.

Leeds have received some good news this week, with Pontus Jansson’s ankle injury not as serious as first thought, but given the current run of form in the Leeds defence the fear will be another injury is just around the corner.

But Leeds do have a rather unlikely candidate to help out should they find themselves in a similar situation in the near future.

Ezgjan Alioski of Leeds United looks on after the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Millwall at Elland Road on January 20, 2018 in Leeds, England.Ezgjan Alioski of Leeds United looks on 

It may not be a well-known fact, but right-winger Ezgjan Alioski in fact started his career as a left-back. The Macedonian came through the youth ranks as BSC Young Boys in Switzerland and did so whilst playing as an attack-minded full-back.

He then moved to Schaffhausen, where he was once again playing at left-back. It was not until legendary Czech coach Zdenek Zeman got a hold of him at Lugano that Alioski’s attacking qualities were better appreciated and he moved to the right-wing.

Leeds have a left-back in the form of Laurens De Bock, but he has the attributes to slide over to centre-back if need be or indeed in a back three - with Alioski at wing-back.

Wales player Aaron Ramsey (r) challenges Ezgjan Alioski of Macedonia during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Wales and Macedonia at Cardiff City Stadium on October...Wales player Aaron Ramsey (r) challenges Ezgjan Alioski of Macedonia 

The maverick wide-man, who started the season in great form, has been struggling recently and Leeds might need to consider giving him a period of time out of the first-team.

But if injuries strike at the same level they have been than Leeds would be foolish not to fall back on Alioski’s footballing education as a full-back.

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