By Will Butcher
Leeds manager Garry Monk has axed Northern Ireland star Stuart Dallas from his matchday squad to face Sheffield Wednesday – and fans took to Twitter to express their shock.
The 25-year-old is considered a key player at Elland Road after making 49 appearances for the Whites in league and cup games last term, but his future could be in doubt after being omitted from the 18 for the Yorkshire derby.
The former Brentford man is not reported to have any kind of injury after starting against Fulham on Tuesday, with Monk opting to use Alex Mowatt and Hadi Sacko on the wings against Wednesday. Wide man Kemar Roofe has to settle with a place on the bench.
Dallas is one of four changes made to the starting line-up, as Monk completely overhauls his midfield.
The Leeds number 15 joins Roofe, Kalvin Phillips and Pablo Hernandez in losing his starting spot as the Whites look to secure their first three points of the campaign.
Dallas played in all of Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 encounters this summer, and has also played in three of his club’s opening four fixtures this season.
Leeds fans on Twitter reacted with surprise at Monk’s decision, with many believing it to be a bad move.
Here are a selection of tweets of the messages:
— Mikey'sTwittor™ (@skibzy12) August 20, 2016
People looking for Dallas even though he's never performed for the club? 🤔 #lufc
— Kevin Power (@kevinpower93) August 20, 2016
#lufc I don't like the team. Vieira is a liability. Has been all season and no Dallas at all. Tut tut!
— Eric Pepper (@ericpepper) August 20, 2016
— Dan Nelson (@dannelsonuk) August 20, 2016
Dallas not even in squad. Bizarre. #lufc
— AP (@1988AMP) August 20, 2016
Where is Dallas? #lufc
— Daniel (@TheRealDmac_) August 20, 2016
Where is Dallas? (cue the Texas jokes) #lufc
— LUFCInc (@LUFCInc) August 20, 2016
@APOPEY Bit harsh on Dallas that
— UNITEdLEEDS92 (@UNITE_d_LEEDS) August 20, 2016
Leeds can propel themselves to the top-half of the Championship table with a win, as former Swansea boss Monk looks to secure his first win as pressure mounts on his Elland Road stay.
Cash-rich Sheffield Wednesday have struggled after their opening day victory against Aston Villa. They were the victims of Cambridge United’s EFL Cup giant-killing, before losing to newly promoted Burnley on Tuesday.
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