Turning Stuart Dallas into an outstanding right-back may be Marcelo Bielsa’s most remarkable achievement at Leeds United to date.
Bielsa has helped a number of Leeds players progress hugely since taking charge at Elland Road, but his work with Dallas cannot be overlooked.
For any player to change position at the age of 28 is very rare, but Dallas hasn’t just made the switch, he has excelled after it.
Despite playing the large majority of his career as a winger, Dallas has now shaken off the tag of being an auxiliary full-back and arguably made himself the best right sided defender at Leeds.
The Northern Irish defender was forced into the position due to an injury to Luke Ayling, and he has thrived ever since making the switch.
Dallas has now earned a new contract at Leeds, with Whites fans celebrating the deal to tie him down for the long-term.
It is worth remembering that Dallas has not always been this popular at Elland Road though.
The former Brentford man was often given credit for his work-rate, but there were question marks about his production when he was played as a winger.
Dallas looked nothing more than a solid Championship player when he was stationed in a more advanced position.
However, Bielsa saw the potential that Dallas had and since making the switch to right-back has been nothing short of outstanding.
Dallas has admitted this week that he now actually sees himself as a full-back rather than a winger.
And for all the pieces of genius that Bielsa has pulled off at Leeds, making Dallas one of the league’s best right-backs has to rank among the most incredible feats.
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