Noel Whelan has hailed Stuart Dallas as a “player transformed” following his successful conversion this season into a full-back at Leeds United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds striker has been blown away by the performances of the Northern Ireland international.
Dallas, 28, has started all five of United’s Championship matches this season at right-back in the absence of the injured Luke Ayling.
He scored in last Saturday’s 3-0 win at Stoke City and has won admiration from observers and fans for his success in the new role after spending most of his career as a winger.
“He was my man of the match by a long stretch against Stoke last weekend,” Whelan told Football Insider. “His energy levels, fitness, creativity were all outstanding and he got a goal as well.
“There are so many wingers converted to wing-backs these days. Defending is secondary for them. But Dallas’ defending has come on leaps and bounds. He is no longer vulnerable when facing an attacker, as his body positioning is so much better.
“He is a player transformed. He looks more confident and far more effective than he did when he was just an attacking player.”
Dallas is one of the longest-serving players at Leeds after joining from Brentford in the summer of 2015.
He has made 151 appearances for United, scoring 15 goals and supplying 12 assists.
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