Leeds United boss Paul Heckingbottom has revealed he is dreaming that Stuart Dallas can become a revelation at right back after confirming the winger is set for a stint in the role.
The 26-year-old, who is naturally a winger on the left flank, was used on the right side of defence by the new boss amid a host of injury blows and suspensions which left the former Barnsley man limited in his options for his first game in charge.
Playing the full 90 minutes in the 2-1 defeat, Heckingbottom has revealed the switch looks set to stay for the home clash against Bristol City on Sunday, with natural right back Gaetano Berardi suspended after picking up his second red card of the season against Cardiff City.
However, rather than being a stop-gap, the manager says he is hoping that the 28-cap Northern Ireland international can follow in the footsteps of other converted wingers and be a star in the role.
He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “He’d openly say he’s a wide player but some of the best full backs have been wide players in a previous life and ended up reverting back so you never know.
“The staff down there (at Bristol City) will be looking at everything that we do, especially the last few games when key personnel have been out.
“They will be seeing if they can find a chink in the armour.”
This season has seen Dallas in and out of the Leeds first team as a result of injury, and he has 20 appearances under his belt, scoring two goals, but has featured in a defensive role in each of the last two games.
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