Marcelo Bielsa has revealed that Ezgjan Alioski could be an alternative for Leeds United in the No.8 role.
Leeds missed out on signing Michael Cuisance earlier this summer and are set to end the transfer window without sourcing an alternative.
However, in the eyes of Bielsa, he’s got cover in a number of different forms. He revealed Alioski was amongst them in his press conference today.
Cuisance was due to sign for Leeds a couple of weeks ago. However, the plug was pulled on the deal for him to arrive at Elland Road.
Leeds went after Raphinha on the back of that and haven’t added a traditional No.8 to their squad since then.
On deadline-day, Bielsa was quizzed on whether he had adequate cover in the midfield on the back of the summer transfer window.
He explained (to Leeds Live) how different personnel covered him.
(Pablo) Hernandez, (Tyler) Roberts, Rodrigo are options as attacking midfielders. Defensive midfielders we have (Kalvin) Phillips, Pascal (Struijk) and (Robin) Koch. Llorente eventually too. At eight we have (Mateusz) Klich, (Stuart) Dallas, (Jamie) Shackleton and Alioski. The options.
Alioski’s recent outings have come down the left-side of the team. He’s played at left-back and on the left of midfield too.
He featured from the start last time out in the 1-1 draw with Manchester City.
We’ve got such an adaptable squad and you knew that even if Bielsa failed to land a midfielder.
Klich plays just about every game and Bielsa seems to be finally settling on Rodrigo next to him, with Phillips as the anchor.
Of course, we have to adapt in the case of injuries and it’s interesting to learn that Bielsa feels Alioski has enough quality to play in that position.
He’s certainly got the energy to match what Klich does in there, but he’s a little bit loose in possession for my liking. He can get away with that out wide, but not in the middle of midfield.
However, who am I to argue with Marcelo Bielsa? He could probably play Meslier in midfield and it’d work.