Presenter KageyVision has observed that Stuart Dallas was going into ‘reckless’ challenges in an uncharacteristic fashion shortly before he picked up his injury with Leeds United.
Sadly, the Northern Ireland international sustained as season-ending femoral fracture against Manchester City on the weekend. The club explained that he will undergo surgery in London but faces a ‘lengthy’ spell on the sidelines nonetheless.
However, in the build up to that unfortunate incident, Kagey claimed that the player should have already been booked for some ‘boneheaded challenges’ and that Dallas was behaving in a manner that he’d never seen before.
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Speaking on the One Leeds Fan Channel, he wondered if this was perhaps under the instruction of new manager Jesse Marsh, saying (1:11:21): “If he’d [the referee] booked Dallas earlier for one of Dallas’s boneheaded challenges, I don’t think Dallas would have gone in as hard as he did on [Jack] Grealish for that, for that one where he got injured.
“I thought Dallas, I’ve never seen him that reckless before, and I don’t know whether it was instruction by Jesse to be more aggressive because he’s been getting ripped a bit at fullback.
“But his head was all over the place too as the tackles were… and he didn’t get a booking, it was amazing.”
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Despite only playing 45 minutes against City, Dallas did end up giving away five fouls (via Sofa Score) which does back up Kagey’s claim that he was playing fairly carelessly. On top of that, Leeds made 13 fouls in the game, while their opponents were called up on just three occasions.
This certainly could signal a clear intent to be aggressive in Marsch’s game plan. In the end, though, the horror injury will go down as a bad accident as opposed to anything more sinister and Leeds fans will no doubt be hoping the damage isn’t too lasting on their player.
In fact, many fans have already sent their best wishes towards Dallas and he recently made clear that he was ‘very grateful’ for the support – as explained by journalist Phil Hay.