Leeds United strolled to a 3-0 win over Southampton and Raphinha has been attracting all the plaudits once again.
As is quite typical, Stuart Dallas was overlooked by a lot of people despite putting in a brilliant display.
He scored a fantastic goal and even that is being taken away by some – Hinchcliffe claimed that the Northern Ireland international toe-poked the ball goalwards.
It was actually a brilliant strike with the outside of his foot that swerved into the bottom corner.
Aside from the goal Dallas was still superb, both in defence and attack.
He covered so much ground and was key to the Saints tiring in the second half, as they could not cope with our pressing intensity for the entire 90 minutes.
That helped Dallas to win eight of his nine ground duels – 87.5% – per SofaScore, who rated him as the Man of the Match.
Interestingly, Dallas picked up 8.2 compared to Raphinha’s rating of 7.8.
A return of five tackles meant he provided protection to our defence, particularly in the second half.
Southampton put little pressure on our back four even after we took the lead.
On the ball, Dallas conceded possession just eight times and made two successful dribbles.
It is little surprise he was described as “perfect for Bielsa” by Darren Fletcher earlier this season.
The fact we have barely missed Rodrigo says a lot about Dallas’ contribution, too.
He has had to cover a lot of positions this season, as he did last year, but he rarely puts a foot wrong or looks out of place. His work rate is incredible, too.
👑 Water covers two-thirds of the Earth, Stuart covers the rest! pic.twitter.com/P2kh1xkST0
— Leeds United (@LUFC) February 24, 2021
The graphic above shows just how important the 29-year-old is for this team and our style of play.
Dallas is so reliable and his presence allows the likes of Raphinha and Jack Harrison to venture forward and try new things.
That is partly why he is an unsung hero compared to the flair players, and we believe he deserves a greater share of the limelight.
In other Leeds United news, ‘Superb’ – Alan Shearer gushes over Leeds ace after 3-0 win v Southampton.