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After the Fulham game, we’ve been quite critical of Stuart Dallas in the build-up phase. The best way to show this is by comparing him to Luke Ayling.
Here are their heat maps from the Fulham game:
As you can see, Ayling got forward a lot more than Dallas. This would be fine were it not for the fact that Fulham had a structural weakness on their right (Dallas’ side) that Leeds exploited for two goals.
Here’s the pass completion by areas for the Fulham game:
Leeds build-up in the full-back areas. As you can see, Ayling attempted 50 passes from his starting position in the build-up where Dallas only attempted 20.
Ayling also attempted 9 passes around the corner flag to Dallas’ 0.
Some of this comes down to the fact that Dallas is not left-footed. See this article by Athletic journalist Tom Worville.
There are big questions about how successful Stuart Dallas can be at left-back in the Premier League. The question is: will the club try to answer them or not?
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