By Noel Whelan

18th Jan, 2020 | 10:28am

Exclusive: Whelan tips Bielsa to snub Leeds star after early team news v QPR

Noel Whelan has tipped Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa to snub Ezgjan Alioski and play Stuart Dallas as a makeshift left-back versus Queens Park Rangers.

The former Leeds striker and lifelong fan at Elland Road, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the injury blow to Barry Douglas will force the Argentinian boss into a crunch decision for Saturday’s showdown.

Bielsa confirmed in his press conference that the Scottish defender would be missing due to a problem in his side, although delivered a boost on Dallas’ status after a minor injury scare.

Whelan says he expects Dallas to fill in as a makeshift left-back at Loftus Road, leaving the more natural option in Alioski on the bench.

“There’s two players there that are really fighting for that (left-back) spot now,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“Do they free up a midfield position by moving Stuart Dallas to left-back and maybe putting in Pablo Hernandez? Or do they go with Alioski and keep Dallas in that midfield area?

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“Personally I see Stuart Dallas at left-back, playing that role, and having Pablo back in that central midfield area – more creativity.”

Dallas has played in a multitude of positions for Bielsa this season, starting the campaign at right-back before moving into a more central role to fill in for other absences in the squad.

Meanwhile Alioski has been a mainstay in the side, playing in all but four of the club’s Championship games so far.

In other Leeds United news, it can be revealed the club are holding talks over signing a promising striker this month.