Leeds’ Stuart Dallas praises ‘underrated’ Southampton star Steven Davis, sends joke message to Kyle Lafferty

Leeds United’s Dallas has praised Southampton star and former Rangers man Davis.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Leeds United summer signing Stuart Dallas has praised the abilities of Steven Davis, captain of Northern Ireland and star of Southampton.

Dallas said: “In my opinion, he’s up there with the best, he's underrated, and to have a player like that in out squad breeds confidence through the team. Last night he gave a masterclass performance in the centre of midfield.”

Both Dallas and Davis played the full 90 minutes for Northern Ireland yesterday evening, as Michael O’Neill’s side secured a 3-1 win over Greece to confirm their place at Euro 2016.

Davis was excellent in the game, scoring the first and third goals against Greece, and he put on a playmaking display of excellence in the middle of the park.

Davis has been excellent for Southampton this season, scoring his first goal of the campaign last weekend as the Saints defeated Chelsea. He has played all eight Premier League games for the South Coast club, taking his appearance tally to 126, having signed from Rangers in 2012.

Davis played 200 times for Rangers before leaving following their liquidation, and has managed to establish himself as a key Premier League player since that time.

Leeds man Dallas is clearly a big fan of his international teammate, and the Whites winger will be following Davis to France next summer as part of Northern Ireland’s heroic squad.

Dallas also sent a message to Northern Ireland striker, Kyle Lafferty, who plays for Norwich City in the Premier League. The duo are travelling to Finland, with Lafferty claiming Dallas will put him to sleep on the plane. Unwilling to take the criticism lightly, the Leeds man responded with a jokey put-down about his footballing abilities.


Dallas may joke, but Northern Ireland wouldn't be qualified for Euro 2016 without Lafferty's goalscoring talents.

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