Leeds United’s fan power key to promotion chances says Dallas

Leeds United fans celebrate at Nottingham Forest.
Leeds United fans celebrate at Nottingham Forest.
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WINGER Stuart Dallas says Leeds United’s “incredible” fans can take the Whites “over the line” in their bid to reclaim a place in the Premier League after a 14-year wait.

Dallas put pen to paper on a new three-year deal at Leeds on the day before Transfer Deadline Day, admitting his decision to sign new terms was a “no brainer”.

Stuart Dallas.

Stuart Dallas.

United then further strengthened their squad by making two more signings the following day by landing Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga on a season-loan after winger/forward Pawel Cibicki had joined on a four-year deal from Malmo.

Leeds have now made 16 new signings this summer and Dallas says his side are given even more motivation by United’s loyal fans who will return to Elland Road in the first game after the international break at home to Burton Albion in six days’ time.

“The fans are incredible,” Dallas said. “They pack out Elland Road now and they sell out away ends every week and that can be the difference in getting a team over the line.

“When you are tired and you are at the end of a game and you hear the fans pushing you on it’s massive and from a players’ point of view we have to repay them.

Pawel Cibicki.

Pawel Cibicki.

“They pay their hard money to travel to games which isn’t cheap to do and we are very thankful to the Leeds fans.”

Dallas was into the final year of his current deal at Leeds and the Northern Ireland international had been attracting the interest of United’s Championship rivals Norwich City. But the 26-year-old says penning new terms at Leeds until the end of 2019-2020 was a straightforward decision as the winger became the sixth Whites player this summer to sign a new deal.

Ronaldo Vieira, Gaetano Berardi, Tyler Denton, Kalvin Phillips, Eunan O’Kane and captain Liam Cooper have also signed new contracts this summer.

“I’m delighted,” said Dallas, who is currently away on international duty with Northern Ireland.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga with Victor Orta.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga with Victor Orta.

“Obviously it’s what I wanted and it’s since it’s been offered to me, it was been a no-brainer really for me.

“It’s where I want to be, I am happy here, my family is happy here and I am just delighted to get it all sorted.

“Six of us have now signed new contracts and with the work the club has done to bring new players in – we have added real quality as well – so there’s no reason why we can’t mount a challenge at the top this season.”

Leeds sit third in the Sky Bet Championship table and remain unbeaten ahead of Saturday’s clash with Burton Albion.

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