Despite recent injury problems, Stuart Dallas could be vital for Leeds in 2018

A general view of Elland Road prior to The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Leeds United and Rotherham United at Elland Road on January 9, 2016 in Leeds, England.

The Leeds United winger has plenty to offer when he is fit and firing.

Cardiff defender Lee Peltier (l) challenges Stuart Dallas of Leeds during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at Cardiff City Stadium on September 26, 2017...

As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen is hopeful of having Stuart Dallas available for the weekend clash against Queens Park Rangers and, while he has had his injury problems this season, the Northern Ireland international could have a big role to play for the Whites in 2018.

Even when he has been fit, Christiansen has often opted to overlook Dallas in favour of Pablo Hernandez and Ezgjan Alioski. However the 26-year-old is exactly the kind of player Leeds need at the business end of a campaign they will be hoping ends in promotion back to the top flight.

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in Nottingham,...

Dallas proved his worth with goals against Sunderland and Birmingham City earlier in the campaign and he definitely deserves more chances ahead of Hernandez, who has been somewhat erratic in recent weeks.

Leeds need players who know what it means to play for the club; players desperate to get them back to the top flight and prove they can cut it when they do ultimately return.

Dallas is one such player and Christiansen would be wise to ease him in slowly, before unleashing him to finally prove his worth in 2018.

The season is long and Leeds could have a few unlikely saviours when each match becomes more important than the one before.

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...

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