Stuart Dallas hasn’t beat around the bush today in the pre-Burnley press-conference in saying that going into this season he was playing for his career at Leeds United. the Northern Ireland international was coming off the back of a poor season but has earned a new deal and impressed massively since the arrival of Thomas Christiansen.
Dallas said he had to do something in pre-season with the feeling that he was playing for his Leeds United career. That is a big statement to make and an honest and humble one. Players often feel like they have a god given right to get a big new deal at clubs but Dallas has grafted and worked himself into the ground to make sure he gets exactly what he deserves at the football club. he had one year remaining on his deal and has made sure his stay at Leeds last until at least 2020 with performances in pre-season and at the start of this season. He is settled in Leeds and says that he calls the city his home now.
Dallas has started the season on fire and that is without starting one game. He has bagged two very important goals to seal wins at both Sunderland and last Tuesday at home to Birmingham City. He has also brought energy and something very different onto the pitch when he has come off the bench. He was the only one to leave Millwall with his performance not in question and for me he is the most deserving player of getting the start that isn’t currently in the starting XI. I hope he starts against Ipswich Town on Saturday because I think he will add both going forward and defensively to help protect the full-back on his side.
Dallas is expected to start the game at Turfmoor tomorrow.