Ezgjan Alioski can’t wait to play against Nicolas Pepe again, according to his Leeds United teammate Patrick Bamford.
Speaking on The Official Leeds United Podcast Patrick Bamford claimed Ezgjan Alioski is looking forward to facing Arsenal on Sunday because he wants another game against Nicolas Pepe.
“Do you know what? He (Alioski) said in the changing room, I can’t wait for Sunday,” Bamford revealed. “I was like ‘why?’. He said ‘because I’m playing against my mate Pepe again’.”
Many of you will remember that it was Alioski’s antics up against Pepe in the away fixture that ended up getting the Arsenal man sent off. Pepe reacted badly to a series of fouls by the Leeds man, going in for a ‘headbutt’ that earned him a red card.
Leeds failed to take advantage of the red, only managing a 0-0 draw against a 10-men Arsenal side who were in the middle of a run of seven league defeats in 10 games. Still, Alioski evidently cared more about the sending off than winning the match.
Unfortunately, the left-back is unlikely to get the chance to face off against Pepe directly. The Ivory Coast international is currently playing out on the left-hand side, with Bukayo Saka the first-choice on the right.
In fact, there are no guarantees Pepe will even start, given Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gabriel Martinelli, Willian, and Reiss Nelson are all available as alternatives on the left.
Saka is yet to pick up a yellow card in 20 Premier League appearances this season, so hopefully, he’s less likely to be baited into doing anything stupid.