By Harvey Byrne
Noel Whelan has claimed that Leeds missed winger Stuart Dallas after their 1-0 defeat against Derby on Saturday.
The 25-year-old winger sustained a thigh injury while away with Northern Ireland during the international break.
Manager Garry Monk placed midfielder Alex Mowatt on the wing in Dallas’ absence, but former Leeds player and now radio pundit Whelan believes that the Yorkshire giants missed the former Brentford man.
“Yes we did miss Dallas,” started Whelan when speaking on BBC Radio Leeds after the match. “I think we missed that natural width, that natural winger. There’s been a good relationship between Charlie Taylor and Stuart Dallas in the last four weeks, but today we just never really got going.”
Dallas had been a regular for the Yorkshire giants before suffering an injury for his national side.
The Northern Irishman has made nine appearances this campaign for Monk’s side and had been heavily involved in the club’s recent good form before the weekend’s defeat.
The Derby match has now left Leeds in 13th place with 16 points from 12 fixtures.
They will face Wigan at Elland Road next, with the Lancashire outfit currently placed in the relegation zone in 22nd with 10 points.
Monk will be looking at the match as a good opportunity to return to winning ways and he will be keen to do so as quickly as possible after reports stated that his job was at risk earlier in the season following a slow start.
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