Leeds United

Stuart Dallas is hugely deserving of a new big-money contract at Leeds United, according to Alex McLeish.

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, heralded the 30-year-old as an “unsung hero” at Elland Road.

As revealed by Football Insider, Leeds are prepared to offer Dallas a double-your-money contract offer, with talks set to start at the end of the season.

The midfielder’s current terms at Elland Road, which run until 2023, see him earn around £20,000-a-week.

He has been a near ever-present for Marcelo Bielsa this season, with 33 appearances under his belt

The Northern Ireland international has proven his versatility, playing in a multitude of defensive and midfield roles.

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McLeish admitted Dallas was a player who often went under the radar at Elland Road.

However, he insisted his importance to the team could not be overstated.

McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “He deserves it. Over the piece, watching the games, you don’t focus on him too much.

“And then all of a sudden he does what he did against Manchester City. Okay, let’s face it, he has been doing sterling work before that but certainly, that game makes people take more of a really strong look at him.

“You think: ‘Wait a minute, that guy is a bit of an unsung hero.’ High praise for him and he must be ecstatic at getting a new contract.”

Dallas has a total of 225 appearances and 26 goals under his belt for Leeds.

Seven of those strikes have come this season.

In other news, McLeish “can’t believe” what he has seen from “incredible” Leeds United 21-year-old.