Should Leeds United give Gjanni Alioski a new contract?

29 Jan 2021 08:18 am, by Smudge3920

Good Morning. It's February 29th January, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...

Mateusz Klich to return against Leicester?

Mateusz Klich missed out on a league start for only the second time in three seasons against Newcastle United. The last time was against Derby in the Championship, when it’s fair to say he may have been suffering the effects of a rather big hangover. Stuart Dallas filled in with Alioski slotting in at left back, with Klich coming on for Alioski in the second half.

Near ever present under Marcelo Bielsa, the Polish international is key to everything Leeds United do. He has adapted to the Premier League well, though with more work to do in the middle of midfield some supporters have questioned his performances in recent weeks. Will the break do Klich good, should he return to the centre of midfield against Leicester?

Should Alioski be given a new contract?

The Premier League is a different beast to the Championship, week in week out you come up across world class players, have less time to think and get punished for any mistakes. Fans questioned whether a few players from the Championship winning side would be able to make the step up to the Premier League, Gjanni Alioski was amongst those players.

A hard worker, Alioski will always give 100% but he isn’t perhaps at the level of some others in the side. That said, he has been a useful squad player this season, covering at left back and in midfield when called upon. Even scoring three goals too! With contacts negotiations ongoing and a move to Galatasaray rumoured do you think Alioski deserves a new contract?

Can Leeds beat Leicester with Vardy missing?

Last time out Leicester punished Leeds United on the break. As Patrick Bamford headed an easy chance straight at Kasper Schmeichel at one end of the pitch, Leicester broke with Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes combining to give the Foxes the lead. There is no questioning the importance of Vardy to the way Leicester lay, he is lethal on the counter attack.

But following a hernia operation last week, Vardy is not set to return to training until next week and will miss this weekends encounter with Leeds. Without Vardy the way Leicester play fundamentally changes. Do Leeds have a better chance of getting a result this weekend without Vardy on the pitch? That said Leicester fought back on Wednesday to secure a draw with Everton thanks to Youri Tielemans.

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mav wrote on 30 Jan 2021 01:14 pm


I find that difficult because of what he does off the pitch.

But on the pitch he is 2nd (maybe 3rd?) choice at LB, in a position I feel we need to recruit into.

on the wing he is 5th or 6th choice.

So for all his energy and drive, I think it is time to say thankyou and goodbye.

SaraM wrote on 30 Jan 2021 01:01 pm

Would be very sad if Alio left. He's proved his worth, still has a lot more to offer, and is a larger than life part of the team. I think he gets underrated by a few people.

Smudge3920 wrote on 30 Jan 2021 05:06 am

Leeds fans react as Marcelo Bielsa provides update on Gjanni Alioski amid reports
“The player should chose the club and after the club will decide if they want him. But the main condition, the most important thing is the player wanting to stay. I think if Alioski chooses Leeds, Leeds will choose Alioski.”

Lumiukko wrote on 29 Jan 2021 07:07 pm

Klich: Would hope to see that a rest, and being dropped will have him some fire in the belly and he'll step up if Bielsa starts him. Happy to see if that is the case.

Alioski: Very useful squad player, versatile, who has goals in him. Also seems to be a great character to have around the squad for moral, and gives 110% whenever asked of, even if he doesn't always have a great game (and to be fair, played out of position more often than not). Until we have adequate replacements, his versatility means we need to hold onto him for at least another year. Ideally we give him a year's extension, which gives him chance to move on and still get a decent contract elsewhere. Like others have mentioned though, this is an important moment for him and his family and we have to remember that he is not a machine. If he chooses to move on to secure his future with a decent contract and pay, I wish him all the best and no hard feelings whatsoever.

Versus Leicester: Every game is winnable if we manage to turn it on. No Vardy is better than with Vardy, but I am sure other players at Leicester are champing at the bit to show what they have so it makes the game no less easy. I don't expect us to win, but if we could sneak a point I'd be very very happy. Fee like this is a game where we need to shoot on sight from the edge of the box as they will defend deep as part of their excellent counter attacking game.

Carrick Dave wrote on 29 Jan 2021 05:35 pm

As someone pointed out in a podcast, at 29 Gjanni's next contract will be the one that secures his family's future - will Leeds be willing to commit to the term he'd want at the wage he'd want? With no transfer fee in the summer he may feel he'll be able to do better elsewhere.