'Making it difficult' - Whelan suggests Leeds mainstay giving Bielsa selection headache
Noel Whelan suggests that Leeds United star Stuart Dallas is giving his manager a headache after performing so well in a makeshift midfield role.
The former Leeds striker and lifelong fan at Elland Road, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Northern Irishman is not a natural in the middle of the park but that his recent form has been impressive.
Dallas scored two goals in as many games between Christmas and New Year, retaining his midfield spot for the 1-1 draw with West Brom on New Year’s Day.
Whelan says that the 28-year-old might not be the perfect fit in the centre but that his performances make it difficult to put him back on the wing, despite believing it his more natural position.
“It’s not his natural habitat is it, we’ve said that before, but it is two goals in three games for him,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“As much as we complain that we’re not getting the best out of him, he’s banged two goals in so who are we to sit here and say it’s not his position. The kid can play anywhere, I do like him on the wing because he’s got the energy and he gives that little more help to the wing-backs.
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“That’s what he does do very well, that natural ability to come around so we do miss a bit of that from Helder Costa but then Costa gives you that pace, gives you that speed, gives you that creativity.
“It’s a tough choice to take Helder Costa out and put Stuart Dallas there at the minute and it would be to take him out the central area and put another midfielder in there. At the minute they’re making it difficult (for Bielsa).”
Dallas has played in all 26 of the Whites’ Championship fixtures this season, featuring as a winger, a right-back, a left-back and a midfielder.
In other Leeds United news, Whelan admits he is fretting over a “massive concern” for the Whites this season.