Leeds United star Gjanni Alioski was one of the most improved players at Elland Road last season as the Bielsa effect took over.
The Macedonian star was converted into one of the divisions top left-back’s by Bielsa and his coaching team, with Alioski thriving under the responsibility of filling in for and taking over from summer signing Barry Douglas as the season went on.
However, Alioski’s performances have not gone unnoticed, with the top publication for French giants Marseille profiling the Leeds man as someone their club should be looking to sign this summer.
Club de Marseille, who are the leading fanzine publication for Marcelo Bielsa’s old team, have identified Alioski as a potential summer signing, with some high praise for the Leeds man in their report of his potential and ability.
“His versatility and his passion can be assets for the new coach of the OM, Andre Vilas Boas, who appreciates the offensive game and likes to play with a median block or even high. Indeed, the Macedonian international is able to evolve lateral left but also as left middle.” The report states, with quotes translated by Leeds Live.
Indeed Alioski has been impressive, and the club will be under the watching eye of some Marseille fans no doubt, with fans still bearing fond memories of Bielsa’s time in charge of the club back 2015.
Alioski will be hoping to kick on in the current season after seeing his team fall away from the automatic promotion places before losing out to Derby County in the play-0ff semi-finals.
Despite the report, there is no news of any sort of conrete interest from Marseille as they prepare their summer transfer plans.
This is always nice to read and coming from a giant of European football like Marseille, it just shows that Leeds are firmly back on the map of world football.
Alioski was excellent though and the comments on him are right and well deserved. It will of course be very interesting to see if Bielsa sticks with the Macedonian or if he moves to put Barry Douglas back his preferred position at left-back.