Leeds United’s severe drop-off in form over the past few weeks must be hugely concerning for their supporters, right?
Since the Whites beat Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 at Elland Road on April 13th, they have failed to record a victory in the Championship as defeats to Wigan Athletic and Brentford coupled with a draw against Aston Villa resulted in the club being eliminated from the race for automatic promotion.
Although these results would have irritated manager Marcelo Bielsa, it could be argued that Sunday’s dismal 3-2 defeat against already-relegated Ipswich Town was the worst of the lot. Despite the fact that the Tractor Boys had only won four games all season heading into this clash, goals from Flynn Downes, Andre Dozzell and Collin Quaner secured all three points for Paul Lambert’s side.
In what was an embarrassing afternoon for Leeds in which they failed to capitalise on their opponents being reduced to ten men, one player in particular demonstrated why he should not be selected for the club’s play-off semi-final showdown with Derby County.
Having been asked to cover at full-back for the Whites in the absence of Barry Douglas and Ezgjan Alioski, Stuart Dallas produced a naive defensive display which saw him fail to cope with Dozzell who constantly targeted the Northern Ireland international.
Whereas he did provide plenty of attacking intent for the Yorkshire-based outfit which eventually led to him scoring at Portman Road, the £1.8m rated ace’s (via Transfermarkt) dreadful positioning resulted in him being directly at fault for Ipswich’s second goal.
With there being no room for error heading into the play-offs, Dallas’ failure to impress at the weekend has provided Bielsa with a huge problem as Leeds’ injury crisis means that he may have to play Gaetano Berardi out of position.
Although the Swiss star would offer more defensively in comparison to Dallas, it would be a huge risk to start him against Derby when you consider that his ill-discipline has resulted in him receiving numerous suspensions over the past five years.
What do you think Leeds fans? Should Bielsa drop Dallas for the club’s play-off clash with Derby? Who would you like to see start at full-back next Saturday? Let us know below.
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