It was pure joy for Gjanni Alioski and his fellow Northern Macedonia on Thursday night as Leeds United zurdazo helped his country beat Georgia away from home to qualify for Euro 2021 – the first time the North Macedonia has qualified for major tournament. But as things stand, Alioski could have played his last match for Leeds at the time Euro 2021 comes around.
Alioski, 28, lasted 90 minutes as veteran Goran Pandev scored the only goal of the game to beat Georgia and book their place in the tournament next summer. It was a brilliant performance of Alioski and his companions, who relied heavily on the presence of midfield Napoli Elif Elmas stars.
At club level, Alioski remains a crucial part of the Leeds side – but with everyone fit, former player of FC Lugano does not start. He did not go into the side when injuries rose and worldwide available, the versatile left-hander is likely to warm the bench under Marcelo Bielsa. Not only is his playing time in doubt, but so is your current long-term future.His contract expires next June. This means that at the time Alioski leads the field when it reaches Euro 2021, he could have thrown in a Leeds shirt for the last time – with waiting season ends in May. Therefore, the question arises – do Leeds need to extend his contract and keep him at the club, or do they decide to let it go, if they see no future for him?