Danny Mills has been left heralding the “incredible” impact that Marcelo Bielsa has had on Leeds United star Stuart Dallas after the winger’s transformation into a full-back.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds and England defender says that the Argentine coach seems to have a way of turning attackers into defenders, with Ezgjan Alioski dropping into a deeper role during the second half of last season.
With Luke Ayling missing through injury at the start of the current campaign, Dallas has taken his role on the right-hand side of the defence, catching the eye of fans and pundits with his performances.
Mills said that Bielsa’s desire to implement the Dutch methodology of having versatile players who can operate in a multitude of roles has worked wonders, singling out Dallas as the prime example this season.
Mills told Football Insider: “Bielsa’s been incredible at turning wingers, even on the wrong side at times, into full-backs. He did it with Alioski at the end of last season. The art of defending isn’t what it used to be.
“Defending isn’t just about defending any more. It’s about being good on the ball, so you can work on those positional things. I’m sure if he’s (Dallas) working very, very hard in training – he’s clearly got ability on the ball, in his ability to get forward and deliver.
“We’re going back to what everybody wanted, the Dutch way and the Dutch system of total football and most players can play in other positions.”
Dallas has started every one of Leeds’ Championship fixtures so far, missing just 12 minutes of game time after being substituted against Brentford in midweek.
He has 150 appearances under his belt for the Whites, emerging as a firm favourite of Bielsa’s in both defensive and attacking positions on either flank.