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Profit Players: Leeds United’s Stuart Dallas

This article forms part of our Profit Players feature, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has turned out since being signed/sold and using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.

Leeds United splashed out what was to be believed £1.3m on Stuart Dallas in the summer of August 2015 from Brentford (Sky Sports).

At the time, he became then-manager Uwe Rosler’s seventh signing of the transfer window as the Whites looked to try and turn their fortunes around, originally signing a three-year deal with the option of a further year.

In his debut campaign at Elland Road, which saw him play for Steve Evans for the majority of the year, the Northern Ireland international played a key role in what, ultimately, turned out to be a difficult season for the Yorkshire outfit. Having finished 13th in the Championship, he played a total of 49 matches across all competitions, with 43 of those appearances coming on the left-hand side of midfield.

Dallas’ second season with Leeds did not go to plan under Garry Monk, as he was in-and-out of the team at the beginning and made just 31 appearances in England’s second-tier, although things appeared to get worse for the winger during Thomas Christensen and Paul Heckingbottom’s disappointing reigns.

He made just 29 appearances in the Championship in the 2017/18 campaign (Transfermarkt). However, things got significantly better for the player once Marcelo Bielsa set foot in the Elland Road dugout.

If it were not for the injuries he picked up throughout the season, he would have likely featured more than the 30 times across all competitions he did, whilst he has become a mainstay for the Argentine this year, albeit as a right-back.

There, perhaps, would be an argument that has only happened because Luke Ayling has been unavailable, but it just highlights a further point at just how valuable Dallas has been to Bielsa and Leeds.

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The Northern Ireland international recently suggested that the Argentine manager had transformed his game and made him a better player in a new position, whilst he has also earned plaudits from the pundits that watch him week in and week out in that specific role.

Speaking on Sky Sports (via HITC Sport), Danny Higginbotham waxed lyrical about the versatility the wide man has and even went as far to call him a ‘manager’s dream’.

“He [Dallas] is a manager’s dream because of the number of positions I have seen him play for Leeds,” he said. “I have seen him play left-back, at right-back and I have seen him play higher up the pitch. He’s got a great delivery into the box. But he’s such a clever player. He finds space and more often than not the ball that he puts into the box is fantastic.”

Indeed, there is statistical data to back up his contributions to Leeds as well and, perhaps, the evidence to prove just why he appears to be so important to Bielsa’s side, as he has managed to average 1.8 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and two clearances per game (via WhoScored).

The hierarchy at Elland Road are also thought to have been so impressed with his recent performances that The Atheltic’s Phil Hay (via This Is Futbol) recently revealed the club want to extend his present deal.

Valued at £1.8m by Transfermarkt at this moment in time, Leeds appear to have struck a bargain with Brentford four years ago and would certainly appear to be in a position whereby they can demand more than they splashed out on him, should a club look to try and take the 28-year-old off their hands in the future.

Leeds fans, how crucial has Dallas become for the club? Let us know your thoughts by sharing them in the comments section below!

Profit Players: Leeds United’s Stuart Dallas
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