'Unreal' - TalkSPORT pundit hails Leeds United player who goes 'under the radar'

TalkSPORT pundit Charlie Austin has heaped praise on “unreal” Leeds United talent Stuart Dallas.

Thursday, 20th May 2021, 5:00 pm
Patrick Bamford of Leeds United celebrates with Stuart Dallas and Ezgjan Alioski. (Photo by Oli Scarff - Pool/Getty Images)

The Whites secured a top half finish in their first season back in the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Southampton on Tuesday evening, and the Northern Irish utility man has been a key figure in their success this term.

Dallas has appeared in all 37 of Leeds’ top flight matches since their promotion, scoring eight goals and assisting two more.

But Austin is still of the opinion that the 30-year-old is underrated by observers outside of Elland Road.

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Looking back on Leeds’ season as a whole during an appearance on talkSPORT, the QPR striker said: “It’s been incredible.

"You look at last year, everyone was saying about Bielsa and the burnout. The first season they obviously fell away. Second season they pushed on. This season, it looks like they’ve grown even more.

"If you look at the squad they’ve got, alright they've added three or four players, but most of them have come through the Football League, and he [Bielsa] has progressed them so much. He’s made them a force, hasn’t he?

"They’re going to be top half in their first season. The tough bit is going to be the second season, to try and replicate what they’ve done, but for me, they’re great to watch. They’re so exciting – the way they press, the way they go forward, it’s brilliant.”

Austin added: “I think the player that goes under the radar, not for Leeds fans, but to a lot of people, is Stuart Dallas.

"What he brings to them, he can play in any position Bielsa asks him to, and what he does for Leeds is unreal – his effort and where he’s come from.

"Again, he’s one who has developed under Bielsa giving him the hard training, I guess.”

Dallas has featured in several positions for the Whites this term, and started Tuesday’s win over Southampton in midfield.

That result made it one defeat in 10 for Marcelo Bielsa’s men, who will be looking to complete their campaign with a fourth successive victory when they face relegated West Brom on Sunday.