By Mark Smith

31st Dec, 2019 | 1:30pm

MOT View: Dallas comments prove Leeds system change is not as clear as once thought

Versatility is key if you want to make it as a player under Marcelo Bielsa, and not many epitomise that more than Stuart Dallas at Leeds United.

The Northern Ireland international has played as a winger and full back on both flanks and has recently converted into an option in the heart of midfield for the Whites.

That move has delivered great success, with Dallas finding the back of the net twice in the past two games – both having a say in the final results against Preston and Birmingham.

Well, everyone thought that it was Dallas who was filling the void left by the injured Pablo Hernandez in midfield, but recent comments could suggest it wasn’t as straight forward as that.

“We work really hard on being able to play different positions,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“It’s fine. We have a great team here that train us to be ready to be called upon into any position.

“At Birmingham, I started at right-back and I have had to come inside and I have started the second half there in the middle.”

That means that Luke Ayling will have been deployed as a right-sided central defender in a back three, but that switch in the second half pushed him to full back.

Either way, it’s not easy to follow from the outside, so for an opposition side, it must be a nightmare for them to follow at times in games.

It was highlighted at St Andrew’s, as both Ayling and Dallas scored decisive goals to secure the 5-4 victory to send Leeds top of the table.

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