Leeds United fans have taken to Twitter to give their reaction to the performance of Ezgjan Alioski against Derby County.
Alioski featured for Leeds in their Championship game against Derby at Elland Road on Friday evening.
The 26-year-old winger started the match and played for the entire 90 minutes, as Marcelo Bielsa’s side won 2-0.
The Macedonia international is a winger by trade, but the former Lugano man was deployed as a left-back against Frank Lampard’s Derby.
With Barry Douglas injured, head coach Bielsa put Alioski at left-back, and the 26-year-old did not disappoint.
According to WhoScored, the former Schaffhausen star provided one assist, had a pass accuracy of 72.5%, won one header, made five tackles, one interception and one clearance, and played three key passes.
Alioski has not been great in terms of his end product and creativity when he was played as a winger, but as a left-back against Derby, the Macedonia international was superb, both in attack and in defence.
Leeds fans were impressed with the display produced by Alioski - who joined the Whites from Lugano in the summer of 2017 for a transfer fee reported by The Yorkshire Evening Post to be worth £2 million - and have praised him on Twitter.
Below are some of the best comments:
Possibly the biggest take on last night, is that Alioski makes a bloody great LB. Fitness level is incredible. Could be the making of him #lufc— AP (@andypato) January 12, 2019
The usual players will get the plaudits, and rightly, so - Roofe, Forshaw, Pablo, Jansson and obviously Clarke - but how good was Alioski? As the commentators eluded to, he seems so much more confident at coming from slightly deeper positions. Work rate is only matched by Klich— Lewis Spedding (@LewisSpedding) January 12, 2019
Said it all season he’s a fullback not winger— Cam Burrows (@CamBurrows92) January 12, 2019
Would love to know the distance covered by Alioski last night. He was everywhere. The lad has had some stick in recent weeks but at no point ever can anyone question his commitment and work ethic #lufc— Ben Dobson (@bendobson21) January 12, 2019
Keep Alioski at left back he had a great game— george buck (@georgeb22189833) January 12, 2019
Bit late to the party, but #Lufc were excellent tonight. Cooper and Jansson solid at the back, Alioski the best I’ve seen him play, and even the likes of Forshaw and Harrison proving doubters wrong. To top it off, Roofe and Clarke will be PL players next season (with Leeds!).— Scott Eaglen (@ScottEaglen) January 12, 2019
How good was Alioski tonight. To be fair I'm his biggest critic but I think wev just found his proper position at left back. Well played Gianni #WeAllLoveLeeds— Jason LUFC (@jasonoflynn11) January 12, 2019