With the play-offs finally upon Leeds United and Derby County, both Marcelo Bielsa and Frank Lampard would have been looking for their more experienced heads among the squad to stand up and be counted. Unfortunately for the Argentine, Northern Irish international Stuart Dallas had a first 45 minutes to forget, with the Elland Road faithful tearing his performance to shreds. Operating as a makeshift left back, the natural winger was not only lacking in cutting edge when pushing forward but defensively suspect when the Rams had the ball. He was taken advantage of time and again by the home side at Pride Park and it will have had the Leeds supporters dreaming of Ezgjan Alioski – a makeshift full back himself – and Barry Douglas. This just goes to show the lack of squad depth at Bielsa’s disposal and had he been willing to build a bigger squad, maybe the club would be sitting back with automatic promotion under their belt instead of battling it out among the play-offs.
This is Futbol has gathered a selection of some of the Elland Road faithful’s fuming tweets:
Dallas been caught few times …. Berardi LB and bring young lad struijk on #LUFC that’s the option if doesn’t improve
— eddieleeds ???????? (@eddieleeds1) May 11, 2019
Just saying this now, Dallas is a weakness #LUFC
— Dougie (@dougiealex95) May 11, 2019
Dallas & Harrison look way off it first 8mins! #LUFC
— Leeds Fan in Chicago (@ChicagoWhite) May 11, 2019
Does stuart Dallas know what position hes playing?
— Matt Ski (@dzialowskimatt) May 11, 2019
Dallas is not a left back. Pass it on… @LUFC
— Ross Wilson (@RossJW94) May 11, 2019
Really really really don’t see what anyone sees in Dallas too slow and panicks way too much to make a decent decision, such a waste when you have Shackleton on the bench. #lufc
— Will ???????? (@WM80_) May 11, 2019
Dallas looks lost #lufc
— Sooty ???????? (@sootmeister) May 11, 2019
Dallas being ripped a new 1 here #lufc
— Perko (@stelufc88) May 11, 2019
Dallas already getting massively exposed.
His tackling technique is a bit odd, climbs up their back. #lufc
— Tim Apple ???? (@DBauer191) May 11, 2019