12 of Gjanni Alioski’s best, worst and maddest moments at Leeds United
Evidently a popular and lively figure within the Leeds dressing room, his team-mates reacted to the news by wishing him all the best for the future and thanked him for his four years of service.
“Maddest human I’ve ever met. A guy who always had a smile on his face. Will miss you on and off the pitch my man. Love you brother,” tweeted Luke Ayling, while club captain Liam Cooper shared a similar sentiment: “Was a pleasure you lunatic! A beautiful human.”
The North Macedonia international is yet to announce his next destination, while Leeds have moved quick for a new left-back, bringing in Junior Firpo from Barcelona.
He’ll be missed both on and off the pitch, having been a prominent figure under Marcelo Bielsa during the club’s return to the Premier League – only Jack Harrison and Mateusz Klich have made more appearances under the Argentinian coach. Here are some of his highlights over that time.
“I would just love it if he was my child or something, I love him like that and you could ask anyone in the squad and they would say how nice a guy he honestly is,” Luke Shaw recently said during England’s Euro 2020 campaign.
Alioski evidently feels the same way.
alioski has chosen his valentine pic.twitter.com/V80roskkjj
— ellie may (@ellufc) February 14, 2021
Saka didn’t seem to mind Alioski’s antics, but his Arsenal team-mate was evidently rattled.
PEPE SENT OFF 🟥
The Arsenal man headbutts Ezgjan Alioski off the ball and is shown a straight red card
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 22, 2020
No idea what’s going on here. A recurring theme.
— Alioski Videos (@LeedsUtdfan1) October 18, 2020
Don’t you know, pump it up, the Whites are going up…
— Leeds United (@LUFC) November 26, 2019
— Alioski Videos (@LeedsUtdfan1) November 30, 2020
Oh, Gjanni, mate.
— Samuel Port (@sammyptweet) May 17, 2021
This strike to cap off a 2-0 victory at Nottingham Forest, in one of his first appearances for Leeds, was named the goal of the season for the otherwise fairly forgettable 2017-18 campaign.
Forgotten #lufc goals
Ezgjan Alioski vs Nottingham Forest pic.twitter.com/8JogmVcf9o
— Scott Eaglen (@ScottEaglen) February 7, 2020
This whole incident prompted the FA to investigate whether there was anything more sinister behind the Leeds left-back making this face. In the end, they found it was just Alioski being Alioski.
“While the original complainant maintained that the gesture could be perceived as discriminatory, he stated that it could also be perceived as a childish schoolyard gesture,” read the FA statement.
“Another Burnley FC player accepted referring to Alioski as a ‘cry baby’ and a further Burnley FC player stated that he believed Alioski was acting childishly.”
Sounds about right.
We don’t know if it would be incredible or terrible if Alioski commandeered the aux at an afters. He’d probably wildly oscillate between the two.
— I'd Radebe Leeds (@Radebe_Leeds) July 27, 2020
— Andrew Haigh ⚡️ (@AndrewHaigh) July 23, 2020
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More accurately: ‘defending’. We have no idea what he’s doing here.
— 🏴Archie🏴🏴 (@archiedowns03) August 31, 2019
Showing appreciation to cardboard fans
Even in an empty stadium, he likes to show the fans his love.
Alioski next. A player SO respectful he applauds cardboard fans 👏 pic.twitter.com/alV21UNXgy
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) June 13, 2021
— Alioski Videos (@LeedsUtdfan1) October 19, 2020
No PDAs, please.
— Will Burgess (@burgesswill_) April 13, 2019
— Alioski Videos (@LeedsUtdfan1) October 25, 2020