MOT View: Leeds 28y/o back to his best after Bielsa goes back to basics v Bristol City
It has been a rollercoaster season so far for Leeds United defender Stuart Dallas.
The Northern Ireland international has never featured so much in one single campaign for the Whites but has deservedly cemented his spot in Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
Not only has the 28-year-old started every single game in the Championship, but he has also done so in many different positions.
Dallas has been superb when playing at left-back, but injuries and suspensions have seen him pushed forward into central midfield – a position that he has clearly struggled in.
The return of Kalvin Phillips this week has seen Dallas switch into his preferred left-back role at Elland Road – something which has seen him excel massively.
Leeds’ 1-0 win over Bristol City was more proof that Dallas is back to his best for the Whites when Bielsa plays him in defence.
Dallas was superb against the Robins and was everywhere in each third of the pitch. Defensively he was solid, keeping the dangerous Niclas Eliasson quiet by completing two tackles, two interceptions, and only being dribbled past once according to WhoScored.
He also gave Leeds an extra threat going forward by supporting Jack Harrison superbly. He had three shots on goal as well as completing a single key pass on an all-round excellent afternoon.
Impressively, Dallas also completed 11 ball recoveries according to LUFC DATA, who pointed out just how important the full-back was in Saturday’s victory.
Stuart Dallas vs. Bristol City:
86% pass acc.
51/59 successful passes
14/20 final third passes
11 ball recoveries (joint-most on pitch) 🌟
5 duels won
4 successful long passes
2 tackles won
1 chance created
The Cookstown Cafu was superb. 👏 pic.twitter.com/t4Eea7yANN
— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) February 15, 2020
Bielsa will surely be keen to keep this side together without suspensions, with it clearly being the starting 11 that causes opposition teams the most problems.
Dallas was back to his best in the 1-0 win, and that one simple switch just proves why the Whites could have been struggling in the past two months.
In other Leeds United news, this EFL on Quest pundit has been blown away by the recent performances of this Whites mainstay