Noel Whelan insists that Leeds United utility man Stuart Dallas will be a star in the Premier League next season.
The former Leeds striker and lifelong fan of the club, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, states that he has no doubts the 28-year-old will shine in the top flight if the Whites are promoted this term.
Dallas has been a mainstay for manager Marcelo Bielsa, establishing himself as the Argentine’s first-choice left-back despite having forged a career as a winger.
Whelan admits that Dallas was likely disgruntled with his playing time at Elland Road early in his career but that he is set to be a mainstay in the top flight – if they get there.
Whelan told Football Insider: “He’s always done a job, he’s never let the team down, or the manager.
“He looks in a great place right now, playing with a smile on his face and we’re seeing the full potential of an international who can cut it in the Premier League, absolutely.
“I’ve been mightily impressed with his attitude, his performances, his work rate. From seeing him this year and the improvement that we’ve seen, we’ve actually got a full season out of Stuart Dallas.
“This season we’ve seen the real Stuart Dallas. He’s a true professional, he gets on with his job, he wasn’t playing regularly when he first came to Leeds United which upset him a little bit.”
Dallas has never featured in the top flight of English football, having cut his teeth in League One and Two before reaching the Championship with Brentford.
He has a total of 207 second-tier appearances under his belt, the majority of which have come for Leeds.
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