By Harvey Byrne
Former Leeds midfielder Andy Ritchie has told that he believes Stuart Dallas’ contract renewal to be a “good signing” for the club following the conclusion of the summer transfer window.
The 26-year-old left-winger was handed a new three-year contract last week with his previous deal set to expire next summer.
He was a mainstay of the Leeds team last season and despite only making four substitute appearances under Thomas Christiansen the club decided he deserved a new contract, keeping him until 2020.
Ritchie has now given his support for the new contract, claiming Dallas to always put in a “seven or eight out of ten” display and believes it to be a good signing for the club in a busy summer for the Yorkshire giants.
“Thomas Christiansen has got plenty of options there and the lads that don’t seem to be getting in are the lads that were there in the other regime really,” told Ritchie, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“But one of those players, Stuart Dallas, has signed a new three-year deal and I like Stuart. I think he’s one of those that’s a seven or eight out of ten all of the time.
“He’s very consistent, he’s a good footballer and a good pro and he works really hard. You need that, people to work hard and with Dallas you know he is going to be up and down that pitch. I think him getting a new deal is a good signing.”
Leeds had a very busy summer since Andrea Radrizzani and Thomas Christiansen with Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Vurnon Anita being the most notable signings, but Dallas’ contract renewal could be one of the most important pieces of business the club conducts this summer.
Dallas has been a part of the Leeds team since the summer of 2015 after joining from Brentford for a fee of £1.3million.
He has since played in 90 matches for the club, returning nine goals alongside providing 12 assists from the wing position.
The attacker will now be hoping to continue to put in some fine displays, as Leeds sit in third place after five games with the aim of promotion at the end of the season.
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