Stuart Dallas praises strength of Leeds’ bench; says Mirco Antenucci would be playing for any other team

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Stuart Dallas has praised the strength of Leeds United’s squad.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Stuart Dallas has stated that Leeds’ 4-1-4-1 formation suits the squad at Elland Road, although it leaves top class players such as Mirco Antenucci stuck on the sidelines.

Dallas said: “We seem to be playing well with that formation and it’s there to be changed. When you look at the bench the gaffer has Mirco and he’d probably be playing in any other team. He’s probably disappointed that he’s not getting a game at the moment but we can change it up if needs be. The formation suits us.”

Antenucci has been forced to a back-up role following the switch to 4-1-4-1, with Steve Evans favouring Chris Wood as his lone forward.

Wood is more suited to this role, as he is forced to lead the line with his physicality, and Antenucci often looks lost when playing as a striker by himself.

However, he is a top class goalscorer, and Dallas believes that Antenucci would be playing for any other team in the division.

This, according to Dallas, proves that Leeds have a top quality squad, as they have a player of Antenucci’s class forced to sit on the bench. He can be brought onto the field of play if Evans needs to change his team to improve them, and will bring a good conversation rate when on the field of play.

There is depth throughout the squad, and players with talent and experience, and results are not doing justice to how good this Leeds squad actually is on paper.

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