How Gjanni Alioski, Pablo Hernandez and the rest of Leeds United's summer departures are faring

By Ed Mackey

As several players joined Leeds United during the summer either at senior level or U23 level, there were also a number of players who went the other way.

With the status of being a Premier League club comes the harsh reality that not everyone within the squad will get a chance at first-team football.

Many of the players that were on the fringes at Elland Road decided to pursue new challenges throughout the summer.

Some of their departures, most notably Pablo Hernandez, Ezgjan Alioski and Gaetano Berardi’s, had more of an effect on the supporters than others.

We have taken a look at how each of the players who left during the summer have got on so far this season.

Ezgjan Alioski

In one of the least expected departures, Ezgjan Alioski was actually offered an extension by Leeds towards the back end of last term but opted against renewing his deal at the club.

Instead, he allowed his contract to expire before being linked with a move which, understandably, did not impress White fans.

For large parts of the window, it looked as though the Macedonian would join Galatasaray but he eventually ended up signing for Al-Ahli.

In six league games with the Saudi club, he has already scored two goals, the same amount he managed for Leeds last season.

Gaetano Berardi

The situation with Gaetano Berardi was a similar one to that of Alioski as the Swiss defender revealed that the club were interested in renewing his contract.

He also claimed that the reason for him leaving was to play more football however, he is still without a club.

Incidentally, as a result of the defensive shortage at Leeds this season, he would have been almost guaranteed a couple of games.

Pablo Hernandez

Another cult hero who parted ways with the Whites over the summer was Pablo Hernández who agreed the mutual termination of his contract to join his hometown club, CD Castellón.

He became part owner of the Spanish third tier side in 2017 and wanted to try and help them gain promotion to the Segunda Division.

He scored on his debut for the club at the end of August but has been unable to add any more goals in his six games since as they sit 9th in the table.

Barry Douglas

After spending the last season of his Leeds career on loan with Blackburn, Barry Douglas wasn’t offered a new contract in the summer and decided to join Polish side Lech Poznan.

He has already scored more goals for his new club than he managed in three seasons in West Yorkshire as he has found the back of the net twice in eight games in all competitions.

Although, the left-back has not featured in any of Lech’s last three matches after recovering from a knock.

Eunan O’Kane

In the first two years of his five-year spell at Leeds, Eunan O’Kane played 58 times but injuries ruined the rest of his time at Elland Road.

After two loans at Luton Town that were also wrecked by injury problems, the former Republic of Ireland international is now without a club following the expiry of his contract in the summer.

Oliver Casey

A couple of years ago, Oliver Casey seemed to be one of the hottest prospects at Leeds but after just three senior appearances, he agreed a permanent move to Blackpool.

The 20-year-old is yet to make his league debut for the Tangerines but featured in both of their Carabao Cup ties before they were knocked out by Sunderland in the second round.

Rafa Mújica

After not making a single competitive appearance under Marcelo Bielsa, Rafa Mújica was keen to explore his options in his home country.

He spent half of last season on loan with Las Palmas in the Spanish second tier and made that move permanent in July. However, he has only played 12 minutes’ worth of football so far this term.

Niall Huggins

Another youngster who left Leeds during the summer in search of more first-team football was Niall Huggins who joined Sunderland on a four-year deal.

He did make his first-team debut for the Whites last season as he replaced Alioski in the 4-2 defeat at Arsenal but wanted more game time.

He has made four appearances for the Black Cats and provided an assist in their 2-0 Carabao Cup win against Wigan.

Robbie Gotts

Twenty-one-year-old Robbie Gotts was the subject of plenty of interest over the summer after a successful loan spell with Salford City in the second half of last season.

He chose to join Barrow where has played six games and scored one goal so far in his debut campaign with the club.

Jordan Stevens

Along with Gotts, Jordan Stevens also joined the League Two side on deadline day as they completed the double signing of the two Leeds youngsters.

Like his teammate, Stevens has scored once this season as well as providing two assists in his six appearances.

Bryce Hosannah

Continuing the theme of youngsters leaving Leeds this summer, Bryce Hosannah opted for a move to National League club Wrexham on a free transfer.

He made his debut for the Welsh side last Tuesday as he played the full 90 minutes in their 1-1 draw with Chesterfield.

Ouasim Bouy

The former Netherlands youth international saw what was perhaps the most underwhelming four-year Elland Road stay from any Leeds player ever finally come to an end this summer.

After failing to make an appearance in the Leeds first-team, the former Juventus man left for Qatari second division side Al Kharaitiyat.


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