Noel Whelan has shared his fears about Stuart Dallas being played out of position in Leeds United’s final matches of the campaign.
Ezgjan Alioski, who has been the regular left-back since January, will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing knee surgery this week on a torn meniscus.
With Barry Douglas also out for the rest of the campaign after rupturing knee ligaments, Northern Ireland international Dallas is set to slot in at left-back against Aston Villa on Sunday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, ex-United striker Whelan delivered his verdict on the expected return of Dallas.
“He brings experience and energy,” Whelan said. “We haven’t seen the best of Stuart Dallas at Leeds. He had a serious injury last season and has been given different roles.
“He has played on the wing, in central midfield and both full-back positions. For me, he is a winger, that’s where he’s played for most of his career and the position he knows best.
“Marcelo Bielsa has his reasons, but I would start him on the wing. No way is his best position left-back at the moment.”
Dallas has made 26 appearances for Leeds this season, including a series of starts at right-back when Luke Ayling was out with a knee injury of his own.
He replaced Alioski after 78 minutes in Monday’s 2-0 defeat at Griffin Park, with Bielsa preferring him to Gaetano Berardi, the experienced defender converted this season from a full-back to a centre-back.
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