By Alex McLeish

11th Jul, 2021 | 8:00am

Ex-manager applauds more 'great business' at Leeds after Dallas update

Alex McLeish has claimed tying Stuart Dallas down to a new contract is a “great piece of business” for Leeds United.

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, raved over the Northern Ireland international’s performances during the 2020/21 campaign.

Leeds confirmed on July 2nd the 30-year-old had put pen to paper on a new three-year deal at Elland Road.

Dallas joined Leeds back in 2015 and has played 230 times for the Yorkshire giants to date.

McLeish heralded the 56-cap star as a “top player for the Premier League” after just one season in the top-flight.

McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Amazing. Stuart Dallas had a tremendous season, especially the second half of the season.

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“His goals against Manchester City and things like that, it just captures the imagination of every club.

“But also his own club to say: ‘We’ve got to get that kid tied down.’

Dallas has proved above and beyond he is a top player for the Premier League.

“I guess Leeds have done their homework on him. The fact that they can secure them is another great piece of business. I wish I was playing at Leeds.”

Dallas played in all 38 of Leeds’ Premier League matches last term.

He proved his versatility under Marcelo Bielsa, turning out as a left-back, central midfielder and winger throughout the campaign.

He scored eight goals, including a brace against Manchester City and contributed two assists.

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