Stuart Dallas was an important player for Leeds United last season and the Northern Ireland international has made a strong start to the new campaign.
The 28-year-old made 30 appearances for Leeds in all competitions last term and finished the season strongly, scoring two goals in the play-off semi-final against Derby County.
The versatile player has picked up where he left of this season and although he is yet to find the net, he has played an important role in both of Leeds’ games in the Championship – the 3-1 win at Bristol City and the 1-1 with Nottingham Forest at Elland Road.
In the latest FLW Spotlight, we discuss Dallas’ performances in the league for Leeds this season, by taking a closer look at some of his stats from the 2019/20 season so far.
Marcelo Bielsa has chosen to deploy Dallas at right-back in both of Leeds’ games so far this season in the absence of the injured Luke Ayling and his defensive contribution has been very impressive.
Dallas has won 20 duels this season, including four aerial duels. He has also made seven interceptions and four clearances. His stats so far this season suggest that he is not afraid to get stuck in, as he has won tackles at both ends of the pitch.
His passing stats from this season will also please Leeds fans, as he has rarely given the ball away. Dallas has made a total of 128 passes so far this season, with an impressive pass accuracy of 73.4%.
Dallas is used to playing as a winger and his stats from this season show that he has been keen to get forward and support the attacks, as he has made four progressive runs.
Leeds have started the season strongly with four points from their opening two matches in the Championship.
A lot of people have spoken about how well Pablo Hernandez and Jack Harrison have played – and rightly so – but Dallas also deserves a lot of credit for the way he has performed, especially when you consider that right-back is not his natural position.
He has played an important role for the team defensively but he has also got forward and supported the attacks, which is very important to the way that Bielsa likes to play.
Ayling is expected to remain out for Leeds’ next few games, so Dallas will have a few more opportunities to impress Bielsa at right-back.
It will be interesting to see if he is able to keep his place in the side once Ayling returns to full fitness or whether he will be moved into his more natural midfield role.