Noel Whelan has been left lauding over the improvement shown by Leeds United star Stuart Dallas in his new wing-back role under Marcelo Bielsa.
The former Leeds striker and lifelong fan of the club, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that the Argentine boss is a big fan of the Northern Ireland international, who has operated as a winger for the majority of his career.
However, with the absence of the injured Luke Ayling, the 28-year-old has found himself operating as a right-back in the opening two games of the Championship season.
Whelan says he has been very impressed with what he has seen from the international and insists his qualities as a winger are what makes him such a favourite of Bielsa.
Whelan told Football Insider: “For someone that’s not a natural, he is your more natural wing-back these days.
“I think it suits the style of Marcelo Bielsa, I think that’s why he likes him so much. He does attack a lot down the wings, he does like his wing-backs to get nice and high with that security of Kalvin Phillips in between the two centre-halves.
“It works, I’ve seen a big improvement in his defending, he looks fit and strong, he’s enjoying the role now because he’s probably a little bit more confident.”
Dallas, who has 39 caps for Northern Ireland, has played 148 times for Leeds during his time at Elland Road, but was not a regular in the starting XI last season.
He managed to start just 10 Championship games before the play-offs, usually finding himself used as an option from the bench in his 27 league appearances.