'Absolutely unreal' - Exclusive: Whelan blown away by Leeds star who dazzled yesterday

Noel Whelan heaped praise on Leeds United defender Stuart Dallas following his performance for Northern Ireland in the 3-1 loss to the Netherlands on Thursday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-United striker gushed about Dallas as he claimed the 28-year-old had become the complete right-wing back.

Dallas played the full 90 minutes of Northern Ireland’s loss to the Netherlands and racked up an assist in the 75th minute of the match after he crossed the ball for Josh Magennis to head home.

Whelan admits he has been left drooling over the attacking quality that Dallas has shown for both Leeds and Northern Ireland this season and that playing regularly for club and country was only going to benefit him in the long run.

When asked about the Leeds ace’s latest performance for Northern Ireland, he told Football Insider: “He has become the complete right-wing back, he has the energy, the desire and the quality to get forward.

“He is showing that for Leeds this season and now internationally with Northern Ireland, everything is benefiting the player, playing week-in, week-out for Leeds and his country, and his performances have been absolutely unreal from Stuart Dallas.

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“They’ve been really really top class.”

The 28-year-old has featured 10 times in the Championship for Marcelo Bielsa’s side this season, contributing one goal to the cause in the process.

Dallas played 27 times in the league during the 2018/19 campaign, only featuring for the full 90 minutes on seven occasions as Luke Ayling keeping him out of the starting XI more often than not.

However, while Ayling was ruled out of the first few games of the season due to injury, he returned to action in the 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.

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