Leeds United midfielder Stuart Dallas is “thriving” in an advanced midfield role and should remain there for the rest of the season, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Whites striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 29-year-old’s performances are “knocking on a 9 out of 10 every single week” after Monday night’s win over Crystal Palace.
A midfielder by trade, Dallas is Leeds United’s utility man and has played the majority of this season and last as a full-back.
In recent weeks, Marcelo Bielsa has pushed the Northern Ireland international into the midfield with Luke Ayling and Gjanni Alioski at right and left-back respectively.
When asked if Dallas should remain in midfield for the remainder of the season, Whelan told Football Insider: “God yeah, he has too much to offer going forward.
“He thrives in that position. He has a great understanding with Patrick Bamford and the wingers. You need that.
“Dallas has been very attacking-minded anyway, even when he has played as a full-back.
“He has taught himself how to defend as a full-back and unlike Alioski, he managed to adapt to that role.
“Dallas should be an attacking midfielder moving forward though. He loves to get in advanced positions. He is great at linking up the play and he has energy to burn.
“These past two seasons he has been knocking on a 9 out of 10 every single week. He is Mr. Consistent. There have been no weeks where I have thought he was even a 6. He is so reliable, no matter where you put him.
“He is the most professional player I have seen at Leeds for a long, long time. Dallas always produces the goods.”