By Dominic Toner
Garry Monk has hailed the performance of Staurt Dallas against Blackburn but believes he must keep improving to be a first-team regular.
The Leeds midfielder played 90 minutes in the 2-1 Championship win on Tuesday, which saw the team earn just their second win of the season.
The 25-year-old has made five appearances so far this season but has not nailed down a regular spot as he has been rotated with the likes of Alex Mowat and Kemar Roofe.
Leeds manager Monk spoke in a press conference on Thursday of Dallas’ positive influence against Blackburn, as quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Lee Sobot on his personal Twitter account.
“He contributed well on Tuesday,” Monk said. “His job is now to keep improving and keep in the side.”
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) September 15, 2016
The winger faces tough competition for a starting place this season with the club blessed with several wide attacking options, including Hadi Sacko and Pablo Hernandez in addition to Dallas, Roofe and Mowatt.
Dallas is considered a crucial member of the Leeds squad after making 49 appearances in all competitions last season.
He moved to Elland Road in 2015 from Brentford, where he impressed by scoring nine goals in 75 appearances.
Dallas also played a crucial part in his nation’s Euro 2016 campaign, starring in all of Northern Ireland’s fixtures as they bowed out in the last 16 to Germany.
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