Stuart Dallas's heartbreak clear to see, but could it benefit Leeds United?

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

The Leeds United winger was inconsolable after Northern Ireland's World Cup heartbreak?

The enduring image of Northern Ireland's World Cup play-off defeat to Switzerland on Sunday was Leeds United winger Stuart Dallas sitting alone on the field, with his opponents celebrating in the background.

It was a heartbreaking scene and will live long in the memories of the country's avid fan base, but it will also give the player food for thought as he returns to Elland Road with the focus of securing regular first-team football under Thomas Christiansen.

Stuart Dallas of Northern Ireland and Stephan Lichtsteiner of Switzerland during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off first leg between Northern Ireland and Switzerland at Windsor...

The Leeds boss has overlooked the 26-year-old more often than not since his appointment at the club, with Dallas having to make do with appearances from the bench for all but two of his 12 league games this season.

But there is a growing belief among the Leeds faithful that Dallas should be starting in place of the out-of-form Ezgjan Alioski and his performance for Northern Ireland on Sunday certainly reinforced that opinion.

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

The Leeds winger could allow his international disappointment to affect his already limited club form, or he could channel that heartbreak into ensuring he is celebrating this summer despite missing out on the World Cup.

A successful promotion for Leeds would be a massive step in the right direction and Dallas certainly has the talent to play a significant role if given the chance.

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