Leeds United journalist Phil Hay has been sharing some details on Whites defender Ezgjan Alioski and his current contract situation at Elland Road.
This comes after Hay recently co-hosted the latest episode of The Phil Hay Show where he discussed a variety of subjects concerning the Yorkshire club.
On the topic of Alioski and the possibility of him signing a new contract at Elland Road, Hay had this to say on the matter. (41.09)
He said: “When they start speaking to Alioski about a new contract it’s hard to say really how that’s going to work out but your gut feeling at the moment is that it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, particularly quickly.
“Given that his deal is almost up now, it’s only natural and only right that I would imagine his agency are looking at what else is out there and considering his options because he’s probably at the age where this next move for him is going to be his last big one or his last substantial one.”
Leeds signed Alioski back in the 2017 summer transfer window for a fee of £2.25 million from FC Lugano. Since then, the 29-year-old, who is currently valued at £3.6 million, has made 158 appearances for the club in which he has managed to score 22 goals and provide 16 assists along the way (per Transfermarkt).
TIF Thoughts on Alioski and a potential new deal for him at Leeds…
Despite the full-back only managing to earn himself a season rating of 6.55/10 for his performances in the Premier League so far this season, he has proven himself to be useful in an attacking sense having scored two goals in this campaign (per WhoScored).
Do you think Leeds should offer Alioski a new deal?
In our view, if Bielsa and the board members at Leeds want to keep hold of Alioski after his current deal runs out at the end of June this year as Hay mentioned in the podcast, then they should offer him a new deal and try to convince him to stay if he wants to leave.
However, with Alioski only managing to rack up 0.6 interceptions per game and 0.9 clearances per game so far this season, perhaps he may need to fix up his defensive work to earn himself a new deal first.