Former Manchester City defender and Sky Sports pundit Micah Richards has said that Leeds midfielder Stuart Dallas reminds him of Liverpool’s ‘underrated’ James Milner.
Dallas reminded everyone of his capabilities when he scored a brace to guide Leeds to an unlikely victory against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Over the weekend, the media piled in to heap praise on the 29-year-old who has enjoyed a phenomenal year in the club’s first season back in the Premier League after a 16-year absence.
On BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club, Richards joined in to laud the versatility of the Northern Irishman.
He said, “He’s just football intelligence, isn’t he? He just gets on with it, his versatility is key.
“He reminds me a little bit of James Milner, where he is a little bit underrated.
“You can put him in any position and he will do a job.”
Richards is one hundred percent spot on, likening Dallas to one of our former players, and we are delighted we have such a versatile player among our ranks.
The 29-year-old has been one of Marcelo Bielsa’s trusted henchmen – impressinge wherever he’s deployed.
This season alone, Dallas has played as a right-back, left-back, defensive midfielder, box-to-box midfielder as well as a right-winger [WhoScored].
He’s bettered his 19/20 goals total from five to seven this season – and has played like someone who has been part of the Premier League for several years.
His passing often goes under-appreciated, but he is pivotal to the way Bielsa wants his side to play.
With a passing accuracy just shy of 85 percent, he’s one of the tidiest distributors in the Leeds setup.
It’s worth noting that not all of his passes are risk-free as he averages two long balls completed every game, per WhoScored.
Based on StatsBomb data, he also averages an impressive 4.92 progressive passes per 90 – which are typically completed passes that move towards the opposition goal at least 10 yards from its furthest point or passes into the penalty area.
Given the number of injuries we’ve faced this season, having Dallas, who has started every single league game, has been a huge blessing.