'We've been crying out for him' - Noel Whelan drools over Leeds player snubbed by Christiansen
By Richard Parks
Noel Whelan has hailed Stuart Dallas on BBC Radio Leeds after seizing the opportunity handed to him by new Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom.
Dallas had started just two league matches in three months, a chunk of which he missed through injury, under former boss Thomas Christiansen.
But the Northern Ireland winger has started all four of Leeds’ Championship games since Heckingbottom took over and has even impressed as a makeshift right-back.
Ex-Leeds striker Whelan, who covers all the team’s matches, has been impressed by Dallas, 26, and noted how the team are stronger for his inclusion.
“I think he’s been waiting for his opportunity and now he’s got it,” Whelan told BBC Radio Leeds after the team’s 1-0 weekend win over Brentford.
“We’ve been crying out for him to start games. He knows what the Championship is all about and he’s got a great work ethic about him up and down the pitch.
“He stepped in when needed at left-back and right-back areas.”
Football Insider verdict:
Dallas is a solid performer who is certainly experienced in the Championship. But it is stretching it for Whelan to claim he is the answer to Leeds’ deficiencies. Solid and reliable, certainly. But he does not offer the class of Pablo Hernandez or the mobility and finishing prowess of Kemar Roofe, two of his rivals for the wide roles.
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