It has been a fantastic season to be a Leeds United supporter, hasn’t it?
After years of mediocrity and underachievement by the Whites, Marcelo Bielsa’s arrival in the summer has transformed the club’s fortunes. Second in the Championship, the Yorkshire-based outfit are now within seven games of achieving promotion to the top tier.
The Argentine manager’s influence on his squad has seen the likes of Mateusz Klich, Liam Cooper and Kemar Roofe make marked improvements in terms of their developments yet the same cannot be said unfortunately for Stuart Dallas.
The Northern Ireland international has only been able to make sporadic appearances for the Whites during the 2018/19 campaign and has failed to make any sort of impression on Bielsa. Dallas had begun the year as a starter for the Leeds but eventually lost his place in the side after fracturing his foot in December. The emergence of Jack Clarke and Jack Harrison in the wide positions had already forced the 27-year-old to relocate to full-back yet the recent form illustrated by Luke Ayling has seemingly closed that particular door.
With Dallas’ last seven games for Leeds have all seen him feature as a substitute which is an indication that Bielsa doesn’t trust him entirely to deliver for the club. If this particular trend continues, it may be beneficial for both parties if the former Brentford ace leaves Elland Road in the summer.
Contracted until 2020 (via Transfermarkt), Dallas’ departure would allow the Whites to recuperate a fee which they could put towards strengthening their squad. It could be argued that the club would be better off securing a permanent move for the impressive Harrison who is currently on loan from Manchester City.
Regardless on whether Leeds find themselves in the Premier League or the Championship next season, it is clear that they should call time on Dallas’ five four year stay at the club if they are thinking of building towards the future.
What do you think Whites fans? Should Bielsa let Dallas leave in the summer? Or does the midfielder still have something to offer for the club? Let us know below.