By Abigail Withey
Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen has responded to a report in the Yorkshire Evening Post which claimed that Championship rivals Norwich City were preparing a late bid for midfielder Stuart Dallas.
The newspaper revealed that the Canaries felt confident that they could exploit the fact Dallas’ contract expires next summer and are hoping tempt Leeds to sell up before deadline day.
However, fellow Yorkshire Evening Post reporter, Lee Sobot, asked the Elland Road boss about the rumours around the 26-year-old’s future ahead of their clash against Nottingham Forest and received an emphatic answer.
Christiansen revealed that the attacker was still in his plans for the season, and said: “I need a footballer like Stuart”, as quoted by Sobot on his personal Twitter account.
Christiansen confirms Dallas is very much in his plans: "I need a footballer like Stuart." #lufc
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) August 25, 2017
Dallas has featured in all but one of Leeds’ competitive matches this season, and even managed to secure the winning goal against Sunderland last weekend during their 2-0 victory.
Leeds have recently waved goodbye to Chris Wood and Liam Bridcutt, so it’s unsurprising that Christiansen is keen to hold on to Dallas this season.
Football Insider verdict
With Stuart Dallas’ impressive form so far in the opening games of the season, it’s clear to see that losing the midfielder would have a detrimental impact on the squad. The first thing which Christiansen needs to do is to focus on tying down the playmaker with a brand new deal, as having less than 12 months on his contract makes him look vulnerable and open to offers. Sorting out a new contract would prevent any more last minute bids and show other clubs that he’s off limits. Christiansen sounds a little desperate by saying he needs a player like Dallas, which is probably how the boss is feeling. If the Whites are hoping to press for promotion, Dallas is one of the players to keep.