Ezgjan Alioski had another good game for Leeds United on Friday as they secured a 2-0 victory over Derby County.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are now four points clear at the top of the Championship and looking good for promotion to the Premier League.
Speaking to Swiss newspaper Blick, who hold an interest in Alioski because he spent his entire career in the country before moving to Elland Road in 2017, the 26 year old refused to get carried away and didn’t want to talk about potentially going up: “It’s too early for that, only 27 games have been completed.”
Quizzed on whether he’s surprised by how well Leeds are doing, Alioski explained that it’s all down to the work being put in on the training pitch: “Nobody trains harder than us. No other team gives more effort. We work five to six hours a day.”
As ever when a player from the Yorkshire club is being interviewed, Marcelo Bielsa was brought into the conversation, along with his El Loco nickname: “It’s not without reason. He’s crazy about football, leaves nothing to chance, is obsessed with details, always demands the maximum. Although he is rarely on the training ground, he leaves it to his assistants, but he works in the background, he’s the boss. And if it is necessary, then he’s there.”
The footballer is clearly enjoying his time working for the Argentine manager and at Leeds United generally, and made effort to explain the local passion for football: “Before the season, the club sold more than 33,000 season tickets, the whole region is completely crazy about football.”
Should the good season continue and promotion be achieved then the whole craziness around Leeds United will only reach another level.