Dallas delivers verdict on Leeds fans ahead of promotion push
By Will Butcher
Stuart Dallas has targeted promotion back to the Premier League with Leeds and believes it would be a “dream come true” if he can help the side return after 13 years.
The Yorkshire giants have failed to return to the top flight since their collapse in 2004 that saw them go from Champions League semi-finalists to Championship in less than five years.
However, Northern Ireland international Dallas believes the club belongs in the top flight and is desperate to help Garry Monk’s side achieve a return.
The former Brentford winger claimed that seeing more than 30,000 fans turn up at Elland Road every match has pushed his side on, even when they have not been at their best.
“I think the Leeds fans have suffered a lot for many years now; it would be a dream come true for all of us to get a club like that back to where it belongs,” Dallas said, as quoted by TEAMtalk.
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“Realistically they’ve been through a hard time and it has taken a long time to get them back up fighting for promotion but nothing has been done yet.
“The fans have come out and backed us as they do through the good and bad times, but in more recent weeks we are getting 30,000-plus at Elland Road which is incredible.”
Former Swansea boss Monk has masterminded a promotion push that sees Leeds sit in a lofty fourth position, defying pre-season expectations.
Dallas has struggled to hold down a regular place in Monk’s side this season, with huge competition out on the flanks following the January deadline-day signings of Modou Barrow and Alfonso Pedraza.
Making 27 Championship appearances this season, the 25-year-old has started just 17 of those with Souleymane Doukara, Kemar Roofe and Hadi Sacko also vying for a first-team slot.
Leeds next face a difficult test in play-off rivals Reading at the Madjeski Stadium after the international break on April 1, with Jaap Stam’s side sitting in fifth place.
In other Leeds news, Darragh MacAnthony has delivered this verdict on the Whites’ promotion chances.