By Joe Ellis

4th Nov, 2022 | 6:40am

Leeds United ace Stuart Dallas admits to final day 'bag of nerves' in 21/22

Stuart Dallas has been stranded on the sidelines for months at Leeds United and missed the crucial relegation run-in last season.

Despite his inability to play, the Northern Irish international was in attendance at the Brentford Community Stadium to watch his teammates secure the Whites’ survival in the Premier League on the final day.

Dallas recalls feeling incredibly nervous from the stands on that day in the capital and admits that going down would have been a disaster for the club.

“I was a bag of nerves, I was there on crutches, my leg in a brace and I probably wasn’t on the best terms with the Brentford fans as I used to play there,” Dallas said to Belfast Live.

“The boys were brilliant that day and the feeling after the game was worth it all. I was delighted we stayed up, not just for myself and my teammates, but for the fans and the club itself.

“To have been relegated would have been a disaster for the club. But I’m delighted we stayed up and it gave me a boost as well going into the summer.”

Missing link

Jesse Marsch could really do with a player who can not only fill in at left-back when needed but also provides non-stop running in midfield no matter the score or time in the game.

That’s what Dallas brings and it has been fairly obvious that he’s been missed so far this season and even though Tyler Adams and Marc Roca have been making a good partnership in the middle, the Northern Irishman will be very much needed when he returns.

The beauty of a player like Dallas is that he can be played in virtually any outfield position and he performs just as well in all of them and that commodity is so hard to find nowadays.

Too many players are now specialists in one position or one tactic which makes them less desirable to managers but those who can do it all are priceless.

Once Dallas returns, Marsch will be able to relax knowing whatever happens to his squad in terms of injuries can be rectified by putting Mr Versatile in their place.

In other Leeds United news, another player hoping to make a return from injury soon has been given a deadline after the World Cup break.