Phil Hay believes that signing Ezgjan Alioski would be a very simple deal for Leeds United to do if they wanted to bring him back – but the club have not declared any interest in their former player.
Heading into the new season, bringing in a new left-back may not have been near the top of Jesse Marsch’s shopping list, however, following the pre-season injury to Junior Firpo, which will see him miss eight weeks of action, plans may well have changed.
Firpo picked up his fair share of knocks last season and that certainly hasn’t changed this summer leaving Leeds with only Leif Davis as a first-team option in that position now, and this has led to tentative talk within the fanbase that former Leeds ace Alioski, who is now a free agent, could perhaps make a sensational return.
Hay discussed the possibility of this on the latest episode of The Phil Hay Show.
Do you want to see Alioski return?
Hay said: “He was pretty decent, wasn’t he? And he was physically very good as well – very rarely injured and seemed to always be available.
“And more to the point, he’s left his club in Saudi Arabia, they got relegated, so it would be a very easy deal to do, but Leeds certainly haven’t indicated that they’re looking at that particularly.”
TIF Thoughts on an Alioski return…
Considering that Leeds will have a lot of money burning in their pockets from the double sale of Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha, surely Victor Orta and Marsch can identify a potentially younger left-back than Alioski and one that can grow with the team.
Alioski has now spent a season outside of a top European league as well as now being 30 years old, so almost certainly has his best years behind him, so while the idea of bringing Alioski back to Elland Road may sound like a good nostalgic signing, there will likely be far better options out there for Leeds to explore.