Noel Whelan claims that Stuart Dallas is set to replace Jamie Shackleton in the Leeds United midfield against Millwall after the teenager’s injury blow versus West Brom.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds striker and lifelong fan of the Whites says that Marcelo Bielsa gave a hint as to how he would operate in the win over the Baggies with Luke Ayling stepping in at right-back to allow the Northern Irishman to push in midfield.
Leeds have confirmed that Shackleton, who had started Leeds’ last two Championship games in the absence of Adam Forshaw, will be missing for around four weeks with a hamstring problem.
📰 | #LUFC captain Liam Cooper ruled out for up to 6 weeks with a groin injury, whilst Jamie Shackleton's hamstring injury will keep him sidelined for up to 4 weeks
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With the young midfielder joining Forshaw on the sidelines, Whelan says that Dallas looks set to be used in another makeshift role at The Den, having been shoehorned into the right-back position this season.
Speaking about the teenager’s setback, Whelan told Football Insider: “Massive, massive blow. I thought he was the star player in the first 45 minutes (v West Brom). He was absolutely everywhere, winning balls in defence, driving out, starting attacks. The enthusiasm he brings to the team is fantastic to see.
“I think what’s going to happen is Luke Ayling is going to come in to the right-back position and Stuart Dallas is going to go into that central area. That’s probably going to happen because it happened at the end of the game, that gave us a little insight as to what’s going to happen at Millwall.
“When you look at the way Shackleton plays, I think Dallas can do pretty much the same thing. Loads of energy, can get up and down from box to box, loves to get forward and his overall football, he’s looking fantastic.”
Dallas has been a mainstay for the Whites this season, playing regularly on the right-hand side of the defence in Ayling’s absence, while Shackleton was regularly on the bench before being given a starting role.
In other Leeds United news, Whelan claims that one Elland Road star looks unhappy with Bielsa after the win over West Brom.