Summer signing Alioski gives Leeds United options on either flank

Wing options, Gianni Alioski. PIC Bruce Rollinson
Wing options, Gianni Alioski. PIC Bruce Rollinson

GIANNI ALIOSKI is happy to used on either flank by Leeds United head coach Thomas Christiansen after fulfilling different roles for Lugano and Macedonia.

Summer recruit Alioski has been played on both flanks by Christiansen, often swapping sides with Kemar Roofe on the opposite wing. Roofe, though, lost his place in the team for Tuesday night’s goalless draw at home to Fulham in which Pablo Hernandez shifted from no 10 to play on the left wing.

Wing option, Kemar Roofe. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Wing option, Kemar Roofe. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Alioski subsequently started on the right – where the 25-year-old played for former club Lugano and where the Macedonian international believes he is at his best.

But Alioski has often played on the left flank for the Macedonia international team and the winger is unconcerned on what side Christiansen plays him. “I can play left and right but I like it more on the right side,” said Alioski.

“I played that position for my ex team, Lugano, but I played left for the international team so it’s no problem for me also to play left side.”

Alioski has featured in all four of United’s games so far this season with the winger starting every league game.

The wide man’s previous footballing experience has all come in the Swiss leagues with Young Boys, Schaffhausen and Lugano. The Macedonian international is now enjoying the challenge of adapting to life in the Championship.

“It’s one of the hardest leagues in the world,” said Alioski. “It’s not easy to play because you can win against the first team but lose against the last.

“It’s about football in the attack but also in the defence and you must always keep your concentration. You have to fight. It’s a hard Championship league but it’s very nice to play.”

Also rather different to life in the Swiss leagues is United’s massive fan base and huge support both home and away.

“In Switzerland, there is no chance of this support,” admitted Alioski. “It’s unbelievable. I like it very much and every time I have to be thankful very much for coming here and thankful for those coming to support us.”