Back in contention for automatic promotion after their 3-2 win over Millwall, Leeds United have seven games left to ensure they remain ahead of Sheffield United.
One of the players likely to play a huge part in this exciting run in is Ezgjan Alioski, who has played the last dozen games at left-back, a position he’s scored three goals and picked up two assists from.
Enjoying himself under Marcelo Bielsa, whom he entirely credits for Leeds’ impressive turnaround following last season’s disappointments, the Macedonia international also feels he’s a better player than he was during the last campaign.
Speaking to La Liberté, the former Lugano star said: “I’ve developed immensely. Just in general, I feel more confident. Physically and tactically, I’ve also reached another level.”
This is all happening in a league he believes, despite being England’s second-tier, is one of the best in the world.
He explained: “It’s very difficult. Apart from five or six teams who try and play properly, most of the games are played and won through huge physical efforts. Each opponent needs to be taken seriously. Nothing is handed to you in this league. Nothing.”
Delighted to now have a song to his name, which he knows some of the words to, the Macedonian is now set on helping Leeds return to the country’s elite league, wanting to repay the fans for their support, which he admits he cannot escape.
He said : ”You can’t go for a walk without someone stopping you to talk to you about the current situation. Grandfathers, grandmothers… Everyone supports us.”
Just imagine what it will be like if that promotion is secured, Ezgjan. Imagine.