Leeds United’s Stuart Dallas played the full 90 minutes in a 0-0 draw against the Netherlands in Northern Irelands Euro 2020 Group G Qualification match.
Dallas had a decent outing and finished the match with a WhoScored rating of 6.4/10, however, it’s the 28-year-old’s versatility that has gained him praise. The Northern Irishman has played in eight different positions this season.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) November 16, 2019
— RyanC (@RyanLUFC91) November 16, 2019
Played in 4 different positions tonight, remarkable
— We Are Leeds (@WeAreLeeds1919) November 16, 2019
As right back, left wing, right wing, and left back!
— Robin Peake (@robin_peake) November 16, 2019
Don’t you know it lads. Direct from The Box in Leeds. Super Stuey Dallas pic.twitter.com/KgC4wEH3tw
— Daniel Robinson (@DRobinson87) November 16, 2019
Versatility is sometimes overlooked by fans, so it’s good to see Dallas getting the appreciation he deserves for his performances so far this season. Marcelo Bielsa must also enjoy having the 28-year-old in the squad, as he can basically provide backup for any injured or suspended players.
He played in 4 different positions Mr versatile what a guy ALAW
— Aidan McKenna (@aidanandabetin) November 16, 2019
Most underrated player we have
— Neil Brook (@Neil_A_Brook) November 17, 2019
— Simon Galloway (@Paddy_Galloway) November 16, 2019
What Do We Think?
As stated above, being able to cover for nearly every outfield player is brilliant for Leeds, but it also works in Dallas’ favour, as he can gain a lot more minutes by playing so many different positions. The 28-year-old has already played 16 times for Leeds in the Championship, once again proving the point about how his versatility can earn him game time.
It is not just the fans that have recognised the Northern Ireland’s versatility and just how valuable it is to the Elland Road outfit, though. Sky Sports pundit Danny Higginbotham has lauded Dallas’ ability to play in a variety of positions on the pitch and went as far to say the 28-year-old is a ‘manager’s dream’ (via HITC).