By Will Butcher
Stuart Dallas is convinced academy star Billy Whitehouse has a big future at Leeds after playing alongside him for the development side.
Returning from injury, the Northern Ireland international featured for 60 minutes of Leeds’ 3-2 win over Huddersfield as Marcus Antonsson scored a sublime hat-trick.
Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds after the match, Dallas was full of praise for wide man Whitehouse, who had played out of position at right-back during the game.
“I said it from the first time I saw him in training; he’s a cracking player,” Dallas revealed. “He’s got a good attitude, quiet but does everything right.
“You saw today he was brilliant out of position at right-back. He’s good going forward, he can defend, he’s strong and I think he has a big future if he can keep working hard.”
Whitehouse, 20, moved to Elland Road from Yorkshire rivals Doncaster in the summer.
However, the winger is yet to have been given a chance in the Leeds first team, as the likes of Dallas, Hadi Sacko, Souleymane Doukara and Kemar Roofe are ahead of him in the pecking order.
Handed a one-year contract in the summer, Whitehouse will now be looking to convince Leeds’ coaching staff that he should be given a further deal with the Yorkshire giants.
Leeds next face Yorkshire rivals Rotherham on Saturday, as Dallas looks to return to Garry Monk’s starting XI despite the recent impressive performances of Doukara.
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