'Brilliant' - Exclusive: Bent raves about Leeds player who feels like 'Several new signings'
Darren Bent heaped praise on Leeds United defender Stuart Dallas for his ability to play in multiple positions well.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former England international revealed that sometimes being versatile can work against a player as they’re never able to nail down a position but admitted that wasn’t the case with Dallas.
Dallas has played 17 times across all competitions for Leeds this season and has been deployed as a right-back, left-back, right-sided midfielder and a central midfielder at times.
Bent explained that Dallas being able to play in so many different positions made him feel like several new signings rolled into one, as Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa knows that he can trust him to do well wherever he plays him.
When asked whether it is amazing that Dallas seems to excel in whatever position he plays in, Bent told Football Insider: “Yeah it works in his favour, sometimes it can work against you as no one really knows what your best position is and you don’t really end up nailing any position down.
“But for someone like him who has good quality, has done well for Leeds in the last few seasons, for your manager to have that sort of faith in you where he is like if we need a right-wing back or left-wing back, you’re the best alternative, or if he needs a player to play further forward, he’ll pick him then too.
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“As a player that gives you confidence, the players in the dressing room will be laughing about that as they’ll be taking it as a positive.
“As if you are that good and can play in so many different positions then that’s like having several new signings as if you’ve got someone who cannot only slot into several positions but do well, then listen that’s brilliant.”
Dallas isn’t just moved around Leeds’ first-team but when representing Northern Ireland he often finds himself playing in different positions.
The 28-year-old started his nation’s recent 0-0 draw with the Netherlands as a right-back, despite being utilised as a midfielder in their previous two outings.
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