Are Leeds finding life difficult without Gjanni Alioski?
Gjanni Alioski was amongst the key Leeds United players to leave Elland Road over the summer, with the 29-year-old moving on on a free transfer.
Alioski secured cult-hero status during his time with the Whites. He made 170 appearances in all competitions. And obviously, he was part of the side that secured promotion.
The North Macedonian had his limitations. But he actually played some of his best football for the club once Leeds were in the Premier League.
In fact, he played 36 times in the top flight. And he seemed to prove a lot of his doubters wrong, particularly with his displays at left-back.
However, it seemed to be a reasonable time for all parties to go their separate ways. Leeds signed Junior Firpo, leaving Alioski without a clear plan to the lineup.
Junior has arguably shown glimpses of his quality. But he is yet to prove why there was so much excitement when he arrived in the summer.
And with that, perhaps it is fair to say that Leeds may actually be missing Alioski more than any other player who moved on – including club legend Pablo Hernandez.
Leeds missing Alioski?
His energy was vital to Leeds’ success down their left flank. The sight of him running beyond Jack Harrison is one that will linger in fans’ minds for some time.
He also had the tenacity to inspire those around him when Leeds needed to step up defensively.
It would be incorrect to pretend that Alioski was flawless. There were times when he made some incredibly costly errors.
But his work-rate could never be questioned. And he did indeed provide some moments of undeniable quality last season.
And at the moment, he is probably a player that supporters would not mind still having in the ranks as Leeds look to bounce back from a difficult start.