By Guy Giles
Leeds fans have taken to Twitter to react to winger Stuart Dallas’ performance for Northern Ireland in their World Cup play-off second leg against Switzerland on Sunday night.
Dallas was a surprise starter for Michael O’Neill’s side as he travelled to Basel on crutches, after a strong tackle from Fabian Schar in the first leg left him with a heavily bruised foot.
The Leeds winger shook off the injury to start for Northern Ireland in their crucial second leg game, but could not prevent his team missing out on a place in Russia as they drew 0-0, losing 1-0 on aggregate.
Dallas put in a solid performance for his country, impressing many Leeds fans who are calling for him to start for his club.
The winger has had to settle for a bit-part role this season under Thomas Christiansen, completing only 90 minutes on two occasions in the Championship, and on three other occasions in the EFL Cup.
Deployed mostly in a left midfield role for Christiansen, Dallas has contributed two goals and one assist in his 15 appearances in all competitions.
His performance for Northern Ireland after almost being ruled out has led many Leeds fans to call for his inclusion from the start as Leeds meet Middlesbrough on Sunday the 19th of November.
Christiansen’s side have struggled recently after a lightning start to the season, losing seven out of their last nine to slip out of the Championship playoff places.
Here, Football Insider, gathers the best Twitter reactions to Dallas’ performance:
Don’t understand why Dallas doesn’t start for Leeds, one of the best players for Northern Ireland #lufc
— Josh (@Deadly_Dallas) November 12, 2017
Stuart Dallas is having a stormer #SWINIR Looks a really good international footballer. He must start for Leeds.
— Christopher Ward (@bretwalda1958) November 12, 2017
— alex whiteman (@alexwhiteman49) November 12, 2017
Swear to god I’d be ready to fight someone if Dallas doesn’t start for us next week. Absolutely bossed it both internationals and everytime he’s been given a chance this season… #Lufc
— Christopher ???? (@CM4892) November 12, 2017
Dallas had been good needs to get play regularly!!!
— Graham Keller (@grahamkeller) November 12, 2017
Don't understand why Dallas isn't in the starting 11 for us #Lufc
— lee (@louielee2129) November 12, 2017
Dallas looking decent here for me. Can't wait to start roofe and alioski out wide next Sunday.
— Chilli Bean (@adam_ski) November 12, 2017
I'd like to take this opportunity to start a campaign: #DallasOnTheWing. I do believe Stuart Dallas to be a better winger than what we currently have. Give him a go. I don't believe he's a world beater, but I do think he is very suited to this league.
— Simon O'Rourke (@simon_orourke) November 9, 2017
That Stuart Dallas looks good for Ireland. Why don’t LUFC sign him? Oh wait he does play for us – whats he got to do to get in our team? #lufc
— James Adcock (@jameslufc28) November 9, 2017
In other Leeds news, owner Andrea Radrizzani is reportedly ready to wield the Leeds axe.