By Nick Ware

30th Mar, 2021 | 10:42am

Dean Windass says Leeds fan favourite Dallas will interest top teams

Dean Windass claims big clubs will be sniffing around Stuart Dallas after his hugely successful adaptation to the Premier League with Leeds United.

The Northern Ireland international is Marcelo Bielsa’s Mr Versatile as he has lined up in an array of positions to guide the Whites to mid-table security with nine games remaining.

In the absence of a natural left-back Dallas has shared full-back duties with Ezgjan Alioski this season but according to the Mirror Leeds are interested in sorting this problem position by making a move for Crystal Palace defender Patrick Van Aanholt.

Former Bradford City striker Windass has told Football FanCast that Dallas’ sensational displays will have attracted a whole host of suitors.

“Yes. You talk about Dallas, who’s done a fantastic job, but it’s square pegs round holes, he’s not a left-back,” said Windass.

“Yes he can play left-sided, but the energy he gives, he’s had an unbelievable season. Any club could take Dallas because you know how versatile he is.”

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Ours to keep

Dallas has a contract at Elland Road until the summer of 2023 [Transfermarkt] and we cannot see him departing West Yorkshire any time soon.

The 29-year-old joined the Whites from Brentford in 2015 and has proved to be a shrewd signing with over 200 appearances to his name already.

He is an integral figure under Bielsa and has become a fan favourite with a series of industrious displays that have captured the hearts of Leeds supporters.

Bielsa understands his value to the team and that’s why if he’s fit, he starts.

He has been an ever-present in the starting XI this season and in 36 appearances for club and country he has divided up his duties across a number of positions, including 13 in central midfield, 10 at left-back and eight at right-back [WhoScored].

We don’t doubt that top teams would move heaven and earth to prise him away from Leeds but he knows where he’s loved and won’t want to swap that for anything.

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