Marcelo Bielsa earned a 2-1 victory in his first match as Leeds United manager on Tuesday night, as the Yorkshire outfit saw off the threat of League Two side Forest Green Rovers - and some Leeds fans discussed Gjanni Alioski's display.
Former Argentina manager Bielsa named a strong starting eleven in his first match as boss, but only including four young substitutes in Kamil Miazek, Hugo Diaz, Oriol Rey and Sam Dalby. They all failed to get on the pitch.
All three goals were scored in the first half - Leeds took the lead through Kemar Roofe who slotted home after some poor Rovers defending from a corner, before Roofe turned provider and set up Luke Ayling to slot home.
But the Gloucestershire-based side pegged their Championship opposition back just before the half-time whistle, with a nice strike from winger Dayle Grubb. The scoreline remained the same, earning Bielsa a narrow win in his first game.
Leeds were far from their best, though, with a number of players seemingly off the pace. Stuart Dallas struggled at left-back, while the need for a striker was obvious. But some fans were mostly disappointed 26-year-old Alioski's performance.
The Macedonia international failed to make much happen throughout the game, frustrating Leeds fans and giving the ball away more so than keeping it. Fans voiced their concerns over the winger's showing.
Alioski I wouldn't even contemplate as a winger, try him wing back for me with Ayling right! A top CB is needed, a proper No9, aswell as maybe another forward option, plus a winger! 4 good players away! Clock is ticking!— Luke Maloney (@Luke_Maloneyy) July 17, 2018
Nixon saying it’s us who’ve bid, praying he’s right for once. Would be happy with this, Alioski’s performance today showed how badly we need another winger.— Jake (@JakeLUFC_) July 17, 2018
Dallas is a good squad player, can play the odd game as a wing back but we won't get promoted with him starting every week - Alioski has potential he's just so frustrating. He's deffo not a winger but could be a decent wing back due to his high work rate— LUFCDANNY (@THELUFCLAD) July 17, 2018
Oh and just on another note. As Iv always says said, Alioski is not good enough. Works his socks off to be fair but just hasn't got the quality for me. Would love for him to prove me wrong but can't see it #lufc— Jason LUFC (@jasonoflynn11) July 17, 2018
Gotta agree. Striker is a must. Alioski was awful. Cooper is not the answer at CB. Saiz/hernadez need to get in the box more (but i guess thats why we want Vydra). Lots to work on still before Stoke.— Simon B (@NE_Upper) July 17, 2018
Philips is awful back up to Ronnie, ,Leeds lookin for a winger so alioski days are numbered, roofe is back up to Roberts, cooper is back up fodder, beradi I’m still not sure what his best position is— sparkytim9999 (@sparkytim9999) July 17, 2018
Not a fan of Alioski - would rather give young Tom Pearce a run in the team at LWB.— Nathan (@1NTKNM1) July 17, 2018
Those 4 I mentioned, plus Blackman, New CB, Pearce, Vieira, Baker, New LM, New ST
Good workout for the lads, alioski really isn't a winger tho #lufc— Everything Leeds (@everything_leed) July 17, 2018