Ezgjan Alioski has left Leeds United after four crazy years at Elland Road, as his contract expired on July 1st.
The Macedonian signed in 2017 and made a grand total of 171 appearances, scoring 22 goals and assisting a further 19 from left-wing and left-back, while he also became the first Macedonian to score in The Premier League for over 20 years.
Not only that, but he also became the first Leeds player to score at a major international tournament for 20-odd years too, which is just a smidge of his achievement and impact at Elland Road for the last four years.
Promotion to The Premier League was the aim when he signed in 2017, and his development between then and now has been nothing short of outstanding. He went from a somewhat one-dimensional winger to a well-oiled machine bombing up and down the left side from full-back under Marcelo Bielsa.
He is also a mental case, and he’ll be missed for that too. His personality and energy always got the crowd going, and it’s a sure thing that his antics played a big role in the dressing room.
#LUFC can confirm Gjanni Alioski’s four-year spell with the club has sadly come to an end— Leeds United (@LUFC) July 5, 2021
Victor Orta, Director of Football, had this to say:
“I knew Gjanni was going to be special the moment he walked into the building,” said Orta.
“The emotion I saw in his face and the face of his parents when signed his contract here at Elland Road was a beautiful moment and I was sure he was going to give everything for Leeds United.
“Even with this in mind, he exceeded my expectations.
“Gjanni has been exceptional both on and off the field, his teammates will miss him greatly, as will all of the staff at Thorp Arch and Elland Road.
“We thank Gjanni for all of his efforts and we wish him every success for the future.”