Ezgjan Alioski is really struggling for Leeds United this season, but could he play right-back?
Leeds United are teetering on the brink of crisis in regards to right-back options.
The Championship club confirmed this week that Stuart Dallas will miss the next few weeks of action now through injury.
The Leeds midfielder was playing right-back to due to injuries to Luke Ayling and Gaetano Berardi.
It's a very unwanted headache for coach Marcelo Bielsa, but does he already have an unexpected replacement?
Ezgjan Alioski has played left-back for his country, Macedonia, in the past, and surely deploying him on the opposite side of defence makes the most sense right now.
The Argentine could also turn to Jamie Shackleton, but Alioski, given his experience, is a lot more logical.
It isn't an ideal situation, but the 26-year-old has badly struggled in recent months and probably needs a break on the wing, and Jack Clarke could and should replace him in attack.
For all his problems going forward, Alioski is a good defensive player for Leeds and has shown this during the past 18 months.
He's not a good option to replace Dallas, but crucially it is an option and one that Bielsa must certainly consider.
On his day, Alioski, a £2 million signing [Yorkshire Evening Post] in 2017, is as influential as anybody in a Leeds shirt, but he hasn't had 'his day' in quite a while now and surely the Argentine coach must be tempted to axe him.
Leeds host QPR on Saturday and despite Alioski's form, it would be a surprise if Bielsa dropped him.
The Whites boss very clearly rates him, hence why he's in the first XI every single week without fail, but it'll be very interesting if Clarke started at Elland Road.
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