By Beck Pascal

14th Apr, 2022 | 9:30pm

View: Stuart Dallas form means Leeds United must offer new contract

Stuart Dallas has emerged as a star performer in recent years and Leeds United must consider his future at the club with his contract expiring in 2024. 

Despite not living up to the levels he reached last season, the Northern Ireland international has been instrumental for the Whites. 

A statistic released by Leeds Live showed that the 30-year-old is fifth in the Premier League in terms of distance covered (331km) at full-back with only Christian Norgaard, Tomas Soucek, James Ward-Prowse and Bernardo Silva ahead of him – all midfielders. 

Many would have tipped Kalvin Phillips, Patrick Bamford or Raphinha to be the star performer at Elland Road this season but Dallas has certainly been more important than the English duo. 

Leeds’ Brazillian maestro has had an impressive term in front of goal with 13 goal involvements in the Premier League but his form has wavered. 

The one man who has been there all season long having started every league game this season is Dallas and even with him supposedly nearing the end of his prime, the club need to offer him a new contract.

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Extend his contract. 

Who knows where the Whites would be without their diverse ace? 

In a season plagued with injuries, the midfielder has been vitally important in filling in where he is needed and doing it rather impressively at that. 

Injuries to Junior Firpo and Luke Ayling have forced him out of his preferred midfield role and into either side of full-back for large parts of the campaign which makes him being fifth in the distance covered charts that much more impressive. 

Dallas has stepped it up a gear since Jesse Marsch’s arrival and the new boss needs to prioritise the midfielder’s contract as an urgent matter as the Whites can’t afford to lose him any time soon. 

He is one of the most senior players in the squad and if Leeds wants to bounce back to the levels they sit last season anytime soon, he needs to be in the fold at Thorp Arch. 

The former Brentford man has a massive impact in the dressing room and his incredibly versatile nature on the pitch makes him a crucial player. Marsch needs to squeeze every last drop out of him before he is allowed to leave the club – they need him. 

In other Leeds United news, the Whites must learn from mistakes with Kalvin Phillips according to Marsch.