Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan is the latest to heap praise on Stuart Dallas following his weekend heroics.
Marcelo Bielsa picked up arguably their best win of the season on Saturday afternoon, clinching a dramatic 2-1 triumph away to Manchester City. Liam Cooper’s red card just before the interval saw Leeds have to battle with 10 men for more than half the game, but they dug deep at the Etihad Stadium.
Dallas was the hero on the day, scoring both of his side’s goals, including the stoppage time winner, as he again outlined his importance.
Dallas lauded by Whelan
Speaking to Football Insider, ex-Premier League attacker Whelan waxed lyrical over the 29-year-old, describing him as an ‘incredible’ player:
“Just simply immense. He was my player of the year last season and he hasn’t let up since then. He has been exactly the same this year. The man is just incredible for Leeds United.
“Everything you want from a player, he has got: character, desire, hunger and professionalism. The last goal highlights that.
“He was busting a gut to get forward having done so much defensive work. He should have been drained and shattered but what a run.
“He is Mr. Leeds at the moment. Dallas can do no wrong, whatever position you play him in. His fitness levels are through the roof. When you are shattered, to produce a finish and run like that… Wow, incredible.”
Transfer Tavern take
Dallas may not be the most fashionable footballer, but there is no denying how influential he is for Leeds, proving to be such a key cog in the machine. His match average of 2.2 successful tackles is the fifth-highest at Elland Road, while just two players can better his 53 passes per game (WhoScored).
His versatility makes him a priceless squad member, allowing him to thrive in several positions, and his fitness levels and eye for goal – he has scored seven times in the league this season, joint-second at Leeds to Patrick Bamfod – also stand out.
In other news, Marcelo Bielsa is set to build his team around one player next season – find out who it is here.
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