Stuart Dallas turned in a performance of the highest quality as Leeds won a closely fought Yorkshire derby against Sheffield United this weekend.
Patrick Bamford stole the headlines with his late header, giving Marcelo Bielsa’s side a 1-0 victory and first away win this season. But Dallas was perhaps even more instrumental in the win than the in-form Leeds striker.
The 29-year-old – who has been criticised by pundits and fans at left-back this season – caused problems for the Sheffield United all afternoon and was unlucky not to grab a goal, after rounding Aaron Ramsdale and turning a shot goalward. Some quick Sheffield United defending robbed Dallas of a deserved goal.
The stats show just how good of a performance the versatile Leeds maestro turned in on Sunday.
Dallas registered a 67% successful dribble rate against Sheffield United and managed an 83% successful pass rate. He also won six of the nine offensive duels that he faced, on his way to helping Leeds grab three points. (Wyscout)
This heat map by SofaScore, shows just how busy Dallas was, with the majority of his play in the midfield.
But there were plenty of forays forward, combined with solid defensive duties. There is also some action in both boxes, and most other areas of the pitch, as he appeared absolutely everywhere against the Blades.
@LUFCDATA have also produced a touch map that illustrates just how Dallas was so influential on Sunday, it shows that he was omnipresent against Sheffield United. He covered almost every blade of grass at Bramall Lane.
— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) September 28, 2020
As stated before, Dallas was unfortunate to not grab himself a goal against Sheffield United. The Northern Ireland international managed three shots against the Blades, all of them finding the target, the first of which forced an excellent save out of Ramsdale.
It was a fantastic effort off the outside of his boot and he just needed a bit more height on the shot for an absolutely wonderful goal.
But he came closest as he skipped past Ramsdale and sent a ball towards an empty net, before it was cleared by Chris Basham. A fantastic show of attacking intent from Dallas that deserved a goal at the end of it.
It really was an impressive all-round performance from Dallas that was instrumental in the White’s win over their Yorkshire rivals.
Dallas could prove to be a key player for Marcelo Bielsa this season if he can continue to perform at this level.
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