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Unsung Hero: Stuart Dallas continues to shine for Leeds United

Unsung Hero: Stuart Dallas continues to shine for Leeds United

Leeds United, somehow, came away from their match against Swansea City at Elland Road without a point on Saturday afternoon.

As the match report by Sky Sports stated, the Whites had completely dominated the 90 minutes in their top-of-the-table Championship clash, however their inability to finish their chances happened to be their major downfall once again.

Marcelo Bielsa had lamented his squad’s finishing in front of goal last season as one of the main reasons as to why they would be remaining in England’s second tier for the current campaign and it appeared to rear it’s ugly head once again on Saturday.

Patrick Bamford and Ezgjan Alisoki were both guilty of not finishing opportunities they were presented and Leeds were made to pay in the dying moments of the game when Swansea’s Wayne Routledge netted a last-minute winner.

The Whites may not have been at their best on the afternoon, however one player continued to stand out for Bielsa’s first-team and should have earned plenty of plaudits for his involvement in the encounter – despite losing the contest.

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Stuart Dallas has been putting in a number of solid performances on the right side of the defence this season whilst Luke Ayling continues to get back to fitness and may have made it hard for the natural right-back to come into the Argentine’s starting XI.

The Northern Ireland international continued his impressive display against the Welsh outfit as he contributed with three tackles, three interceptions, two clearances, three key passes and two shots on goal (per WhoScored).

The 28-year-old also appeared to impress onlookers with his showing as well, as many of them gave him some rather favourable player ratings.

Through It All gave Dallas a 7.5 out of ten, as they wrote: “Good on the ball and got up and down the right well. He got turned a couple of times by Bersant Celina but that is understandable given his ability. Produced two of Leeds’ best chances with crosses for Bamford and Nketiah respectively who both should have done better.”

The Yorkshire Evening Post gave him a seven, stating: “Hard working, good at both ends of the pitch. Supplied decent balls into the box.”

Should Dallas continue to perform as well as he is and Leeds start converting some of the opportunities he has been providing his team-mates in recent weeks, the Northern Ireland international could turn out to be an integral member of Bielsa’s side and play a pivotal role as they look to try and achieve promotion under the Argentine at the second time of asking.

Leeds fans, what did you make of Dallas’ performance against Swansea City? Let us know your thoughts by sharing them in the comments section below!

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