Pundit Exclusive: Bielsa tipped to unleash Dallas in yet-to-be-seen Leeds tactic
Marcelo Bielsa has the potential to switch up his set-up at Leeds United thanks to the versatility of Stuart Dallas.
That is the view of former Leeds midfielder Michael Brown who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has insisted the 29-year-old is a rare talent who has the ability to slot in and perform wherever he is asked to.
Dallas, who started at right-back in the Whites’ 3-0 defeat to Tottenham on Saturday, has played in no fewer than four different positions for Bielsa this season, primarily as a full-back.
He has started every single one of the Whites’ 17 Premier League fixtures so far and has played the full 90 minutes in all but one top-flight game.
Brown has lauded the Northern Ireland international’s ability to swap in and out of the different roles seamlessly and insisted it gives Bielsa the opportunity to try out as-yet-unseen tactics moving forward.
“What he does, for me is because Bielsa has different setups that we’ve not seen, with a Dallas it allows him to do it because he can go in,” Brown told Football Insider.
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“Not all players can go, say, play left-back and then go and stand in the centre of midfield and follow a player or adapt but I think he gets it and I think he can do any of the roles, not necessarily amazingly well, but good.
“He just has the high energy so I think, for me, he slots in all over and is great to have, especially with Bielsa. He can adapt to all the different positions comfortably, he’s seasoned and hardy.”
Dallas, who has spent the majority of his career as a winger, has played a total of 208 times across all competitions for Leeds.
He has the likes of Ezgjan Alioski, Luke Ayling and Leif Davis for competition at full-back and Raphinha, Helder Costa and Jack Harrison on the wings.