David O’Leary has been “amazed” by the performances of Leeds United utility-man Stuart Dallas in the Premier League this season.
The Northern Ireland international has been ever-present for Marcelo Bielsa, who has used him at left-back, as well as in midfield throughout the campaign.
O’Leary believes that the Whites are a much better side with Dallas in there and that it is hard not to be a big fan of the 29-year-old.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, O’Leary showered praise on Dallas for his reliability and versatility at Elland Road since arriving.
“Stuart has amazed me the standard he has played at when he has fulfilled all these positions he is asked to play in,” he said.
“He is one of those players when I look at the team sheet that I hope is playing because I always think Leeds are a better team when he is in it.
“He does really, really well for Leeds United. He is one of the players that is an unsung hero in many ways. I’m a big fan of his, I really am.”
After arriving at Elland Road back in 2015, no one will have expected Dallas to be at the heart of the side that brought us back to the Premier League.
The utility man struggled to get game time and was stuck on the bench for the majority of his first three years in Yorkshire until he started 45 games in the Championship last season.
O’Leary had a lot of things to start after our promotion to the Premier League, including that Patrick Bamford wasn’t good enough.
Our former boss took a lot of criticism for that, and it appears a smart strategy to stick to the positives rather than negatives at Elland Road; not that there are that many at this moment in time.
In other Leeds United news, Pundit claims Patrick Bamford will be in contract talks already