David O'Leary hails amazing feat of Leeds United 'unsung hero'

FORMER Whites boss David O'Leary has hailed Leeds United's Stuart Dallas as an unsung hero and praised his amazing feat of continually filling different roles.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 3:53 pm

Dallas has filled nearly half of the positions within Marcelo Bielsa's team at Leeds having initially been signed as a winger from Brentford back in August 2015.

The Northern Ireland international has since played on both wings as well as being used as a right back, left back and more recently a centre midfielder.

The 29-year-old again once again started in midfield for United's most recent league game as he helped Leeds to a 2-1 victory at Fulham before heading off for international duty with Northern Ireland.

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VERSATILE: Leeds United's Stuart Dallas tackles Fulham's Ola Aina during Friday night's 2-1 victory at Craven Cottage. Photo by MATT DUNHAM/POOL/AFP via Getty Images.

His versatile ways have also been utlised by Northern Ireland as the Whites star once played five different positions in one match for the Green and White Army and O'Leary has been hugely impressed.

"I like Stuart. I have met him a few times and he is a very nice person," said O'Leary, speaking to the Belfast Telegraph.

"He does really, really well for Leeds United

"He is one of the players that is an unsung hero in many ways.

"The big thing about him is the way he is adaptable to so many positions and, when he has to play in all those different positions, he doesn't let the side down in any way.

"I'm a big fan of his, I really am."

Reflecting on his own former versatile ways, O'Leary added: "I once played three different positions for Arsenal.

"I started at centre-back and then George Graham put me at right-back and then at left-back, and I thought that was an achievement.

"But five, that takes some doing.

"Stuart has amazed me the standard he has played at when he has fulfilled all these positions he is asked to play in.

"He is one of those players when I look at the team sheet that I hope is playing because I always think Leeds are a better team when he is in it."

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Thank you Laura Collins