Stuart Dallas is the Leeds player who will struggle to get back into the starting XI

Leeds' Stuart Dallas in action with Birmingham's David Davis

The Leeds United winger is far from the only wide option available at the club these days and the others have impressed in his absence.

Blackburn's Jason Lowe in action with Leeds' Stuart Dallas

For a while, the form of Leeds United trio Eunan O’Kane, Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips meant that some people were suggesting Liam Bridcutt would struggle to get back into the starting line-up when he returned to fitness.

That has since been proved untrue, with Leeds in desperate need of an experienced head in the centre of the park, even with youngsters Vieira and Phillips impressing more often than not.

But while Bridcutt will walk back into the starting line-up when he is available, the same cannot be said of Northern Ireland international Stuart Dallas.

The winger missed five straight matches before taking a place on the bench for Sunday’s clash with league leaders Newcastle United.

Leeds may have lost that match, but Dallas is not guaranteed to return for the clash with Rotherham United after building up his fitness for the under-23s.

Leeds' Stuart Dallas in action with Birmingham's David Davis

In his absence, Kemar Roofe, Hadi Sacko and the much maligned Souleymane Doukara have all played their part, and when you consider Dallas is yet to score or assist for Leeds this season, he will have to step up his game when he is given another chance.

It was not long ago that Dallas was about the only wide option available to Leeds but not anymore, and with Leeds surging into the play-off places in his absence, it will be interesting to see what the next few weeks have in store.

Leeds manager Garry Monk

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