Stuart Dallas has been a utility man for Leeds United this season but revealed he is happy playing any position.
He started the campaign as a left-back but more recently Marcelo Bielsa has deployed him as a central midfielder to cover for injuries.
Dallas has done well in midfield and has a goal against Southampton to show for his efforts, as well as earning numerous plaudits from pundits, including Darren Fletcher calling him “perfect” [Match of Day via LeedsAllOver].
Commenting on the change Bielsa has made, Dallas told The Mirror: “I’ve been switched about for the past two or three years so I’m used to it now.
“I’ve played in midfield for my club in recent weeks. It’s a role I’m growing into and I’m becoming more comfortable the more I play there.
“I’m used to playing full-back or wing-back and I think that is where my best performances for Northern Ireland have been.”
Commitment to the cause
As is typical, Dallas has gone under the radar for his strong performances this season.
He was integral to wins against Leicester City and Southampton and always puts in a 7/10 performance regardless of where he plays.
That takes some doing as playing in midfield is a whole lot different to full-back.
Also, prior to this season he had only played nine league matches in central midfield yet he already looks at home in the Premier League.
Bielsa of course is partly responsible for that but there are few players who suit the Whites style of play more than Dallas.
He always gives 100% effort and covers a miraculous amount of ground – his heatmap of the 2020/21 season makes for some reading.
👑 Water covers two-thirds of the Earth, Stuart covers the rest! pic.twitter.com/P2kh1xkST0
— Leeds United (@LUFC) February 24, 2021
We are fortunate to have the 29-year-old as there a few players like him in the Premier League.
James Milner is the obvious comparison to make and that shows how good Dallas is now.
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