By Craig Scott

30th Nov, 2021 | 8:57pm

Ally McCoist hails 'phenomenal' Stuart Dallas in first half of Leeds United v Crystal Palace

Ally McCoist has been blown away by the form he’s seen from Stuart Dallas in the last 18 months at Leeds United.

Dallas, 30, has played at left-back, right-back, on the wings and in the centre of the midfield for the Whites since their promotion to the Premier League and the versatile Northern Ireland international has managed to impress in each of those positions.

On Tuesday night, Dallas was playing at right-back in Leeds’ clash against Crystal Palace and McCoist reserved some special praise for the Cookstown Cafu during the first half.

“I think I mentioned as well, it’s early in the game, I know. But Dallas has been phenomenal at times over the last 18 months,” said McCoist during Prime Video’s live coverage of the match on Tuesday night.

“What a player he’s been.”

Phenomenal is an understatement

We’ve ran out of words to describe Dallas because the Northern Irishman just keeps on impressing us each time he plays.

He may not have done as well this season as he did last time out but the former Brentford ace is continuing to impress despite playing in several positions already this season.

Dallas definitely seems to prefer playing at right-back instead of on the opposite flank and he really enjoyed playing down the right with Raphinha against Palace on Tuesday.

In the first half against the Eagles, Raphinha showed in flashes why he’s a starter for Brazil with his superb tricks and flicks. But he would not have been able to showcase his talent without the support of Dallas behind him.

Dallas doesn’t stop running, he doesn’t stop trying and he doesn’t stop impressing us with his performances.

Leeds were perhaps the better team in that first half against Palace but are clearly missing someone like Patrick Bamford in the box to help finish moves off.

Let’s hope that in the second half, the attackers up their game and break the deadlock.

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