Forget Dallas: Leeds ace who won 81.8% of his duels was an absolute monster vs NUFC – opinion
If an extraterrestrial landed on Earth on Wednesday evening and had no idea what football was or how Leeds United played, they needed to look no further than their win over Newcastle.
This was vintage football, but it was also classic Leeds.
Marcelo Bielsa is known for running his players into the ground and their 5-2 win at Elland Road summed up everything they have become under the Argentine. It was swashbuckling and relentless as they scored three goals in the final 13 minutes of play.
If there were fears that Leeds couldn’t keep things going late into a game you can think again.
Pablo Hernandez came on and rolled back the years by assisting two goals, including one for Gjanni Alioski, someone who hasn’t always been a regular starter at left-back.
He has started eight times in the Premier League this season and has played all over the pitch including in midfield and on the left-wing.
However, this time he was trusted at left-back as Stuart Dallas moved over to the right-hand side.
Is Alioski good enough defensively?
Although he was dribbled past on four occasions, his performance that aside was monstrous, particularly in the final third.
The North Macedonia international scored a crucial goal but also found room to make two key passes. Furthermore, Alioski completed 100% of his dribbles and 82% of his passes.
His performance at Elland Road was near perfection, galloping up and down the left channel without running out of energy.
That aspect of Alioski’s game has always been unquestionable. He is the very definition of a livewire but sometimes his defending leaves a lot to be desired.
For the most part, those doubts were quashed on Wednesday evening. He won 81.8% of the duels he contested, proving victorious in all three aerial battles.
This felt like a complete performance, one that should silence a few doubters over a player who has been a divisive character in Yorkshire.
Perhaps this could prove a catalyst for Alioski, one that turns his fortunes around completely at Leeds.
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, FootballFanCast.com reports