On Friday night, with a clash against compatriot Fulham, Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa received very big calls for his squad to be selected.
The Argentinian made the decision to bring Gjanni Alioski back to the starting lineup against Chelsea after bringing him in as a halftime substitute in the 2-0 loss to West Ham the previous game.
But, the 29-year-old delivered a largely forgettable performance against Thomas Tuchel’s side, with his match score of 6.6 according to Sofascore being the lowest of any Leeds starters, so he let his manager down. , after bringing it back to the side.
Should Alioski be dropped against Fulham?
He was dribbled three times during the day, only Stuart Dallas being further bypassed by a Chelsea player. Alioski also struggled to keep the ball, losing possession on 16 occasions, with just two other Leeds team-mates conceding more.
Speaking on BBC Radio Leeds, former Whites striker Noel Whelan criticized Alioski for his performance at Elland Road, saying: ‘Leeds need a natural full back over there who you know can cover most bases, certainly defensively because as much as he gives everything, he is a handicap. He’s not the best of defenders.
“I think that’s why you got to see a lot of things coming down that left side, really targeting Alioski and you’ve seen that fragility at times.”
With Fulham just starting to show signs of life in recent weeks – they beat champions Liverpool at Anfield earlier this month – Leeds will need to make sure they are defensively strong when they make the trip to face the Cottagers.
This is exactly why Alioski who earns £ 55,000 a week is expected to be dropped to face Fulham on Friday night.
Meanwhile, Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is expected to urge this Premier League star …