Leeds United: Stuart Dallas exit claim dropped, clubs will queue up to sign him - pundit
Clubs will be queuing up to sign Stuart Dallas if Leeds United are relegated to the Championship, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.
Dallas, 31, has recently suffered a fractured femur and is set to miss at least six months of action as he recovers.
However, that hasn’t stopped Agbonlahor from claiming that the Northern Ireland international could be involved in a mass exodus of players at Elland Road this summer should the Whites get relegated.
“I said at the start of the season that Leeds would have second season syndrome and they would go down,” said Agbonlahor, as shown by talkSPORT’s official Twitter account on 12 May.
“I knew they would.
“They did well under Bielsa but it wasn’t working under him in the end and Jesse Marsch has come in with no Premier League experience and it hasn’t worked.
“They’ve lost now Ayling, Dallas, Dan James, Bamford probably won’t play again. That’s probably like three out of five of their best players.
“The rest of the team is probably a Championship team and I don’t think they will get another point this season.
“And the biggest problem with Leeds is that there are going to be teams queuing up to sign Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha, even Dallas.
“They’re going to be left with a Championship squad that won’t be good enough to come straight back up.”
Give it a rest, Gabby
Okay, we now know that Agbonlahor just says this nonsense for the sake of it.
Does he really think that clubs will be queuing up to sign a 31-year-old who’s just suffered a very serious leg injury?
Dallas broke his femur while playing against Manchester City on 30 April and might not play again until 2023 comes along.
He’ll probably be fairly close to his 32nd birthday by the time he’s back.
Yet Agbonlahor believes that there’ll be teams trying to sign him this summer. Give it a rest.
While we expect bids to fly in for Kalvin Phillips, Patrick Bamford and Raphinha regardless of whether or not we’re relegated to the Championship, we doubt anyone will be daft enough to make a move for Dallas.
Sure, the 31-year-old is a great player.
He’s been one of Leeds’ best players this season, playing at left-back, right-back and in the midfield.
But who in their right mind would splash the cash on signing a player in his 30s who’s only just suffered a very serious injury?
Agbonlahor’s in cloud cuckoo land with this bizarre verdict.
It’s no wonder talkSPORT love sticking him in front of the mic.
In other Leeds United news, Gary Linker is stunned by this “incredible” thing he noticed about the Whites on Match of the Day on Wednesday night.