Stuart Dallas has been playing at right-back for Leeds United this season.
Stuart Dallas may not be Leeds United’s best player or he may not even be the first name on the teamsheet, but what he has produced on the pitch in recent times needs to be applauded.
The 28-year-old has slowly been going about his business at right-back this season, as his current contract at Elland Road is due to expire next summer.
Dallas recently stated that his future lies in the hands of the club, as he expressed his ‘love’ and his desire to stay in Yorkshire, as reported by The Yorkshire Evening Post.
His comments need to be heard by the likes of Andrea Radrizzani because there is no doubt that he is deserving of a new deal at Elland Road.
Regular right-back Luke Ayling has been sidelined since the start of the season, but Dallas, who is a natural winger, has ensured that Leeds haven’t been affected by his absence.
He has made the right-back spot his own and it could even be argued that he has been one of Marcelo Bielsa’s best performing players this season.
The manner in which he has been bombing up and down that flank has been fantastic to watch from a Leeds perspective and he was even rewarded with a goal, which he scored against Stoke last month.
Added with that, Dallas has helped the promotion hopefuls to three clean sheets out of their opening six matches, as Bielsa’s men currently sit third in the Championship table.
Given how Bielsa operates and how he likes to utilise his players, a player like Dallas is extremely useful to him because he can fill more than one role in the team, and fill it very well.
Plus, just like Kalvin Phillips proved last season, Dallas is reacting very well to Bielsa’s high-level coaching because he is producing the best football of his career so far.
Dallas’ intelligence with and without the ball has been of high quality and when Ayling returns to action, he will have to do very well to earn his place back into the team.
Either way, Leeds need to reward Dallas with a new deal because regardless of what happens at the end of the season, he deserves that new contract for his unselfish and honest performances.