'Best...in the world': Leeds United fans react to Stuart Dallas's Northern Ireland display

Leeds fans show their support prior to the Sky Bet Championship Play-off semi final second leg match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on May 15, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Stuart Dallas was brilliant again in a Euro 2020 qualifier against Holland but how has Marcelo Bielsa turned him into one of the Championship's best?

(L-R) Stuart Dallas of Northern Ireland, Ryan Babel of Holland during the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifier group C qualifying match between The Netherlands and Northern Ireland at stadium De Kuip...

If you want an example of how Marcelo Bielsa can transform a footballer beyond all recognition, look no further than Stuart Dallas.

A workmanlike and, dare we say it, rather average winger when the Argentine shuffled into Elland Road in the summer of 2018, he is now the first choice right-back for club and country. The so-called ‘Cookstown Cafu’ is in the form of his life with Bielsa turning the former Brentford flyer into one of the most effective, barnstorming full-backs around - even if comparisons with the Brazil legend remain firmly tongue in cheek.

Even Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt, a centre-back pairing who cost their clubs £143 million combined, could do nothing to stop Dallas from finding Josh Magennis with a pinpoint cross during Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifier between Northern Ireland and Holland.

(L-R) Donyell Malen of Holland, Stuart Dallas of Northern Ireland  during the  EURO Qualifier match between Holland  v Northern Ireland  at the Feijenoord Stadium on October 10, 2019 in...

Magennis simply couldn’t miss with Dallas, who gave Germany’s defence the runaround just a month ago, once again standing out against truly elite opposition at international level.

Unfortunately Northern Ireland couldn’t hold onto their lead with Holland, inspired by Memphis Depay, roaring back to win 3-1 at De Kuip thanks to three late goals.

But Dallas, who cost Leeds just £1 million (YEP), should return to West Yorkshire with his confidence through the roof.

Leeds United's Stuart Dallas gets past Swansea City's Bersant Celina during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Swansea City at Elland Road on August 31, 2019 in Leeds,...

 

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