Ezgjan Alioski is best being deployed on the right-hand side so that he can cut in on his left foot, former Leeds United star Noel Whelan believes. 

Whelan has been a fierce critic of Alioski this season, but the Macedonia international continues to be favoured for a spot in the starting eleven by head coach Marcelo Bielsa.

Alioski was put on the right hand side by Bielsa for Sunday's 3-2 win away at Aston Villa, a result which means the Whites are top of the Championship on Christmas Day, and Whelan feels he is far more threatening when deployed there.

The former White said on BBC Radio Leeds following the win: "I think so [that Alioski is better on the right cutting in] because he puts better balls in.

"He can actually bend that ball in to areas, rather than pulling the ball back, hitting the first man at times on the left hand side.

"I think he gets more involved.

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"That's why I like to see a left-footer on the right side."

With Leeds on course to win promotion to the Premier League, it remains to be seen if Bielsa will give Alioski an opportunity to make an impact in the top flight, or looks to make wholesale changes to the squad in the summer transfer window.