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'Different class' Stuart Dallas hailed for unsung heroics in Leeds' promotion bid

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Stuart Dallas has been in form for Leeds United.

Stuart Dallas has been in form for Leeds United.

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Stuart Dallas has been in form for Leeds United.

Leeds United's bid for promotion is back on track thanks to a run of four consecutive victories.

Marco Bielsa's side are now five points clear of third-placed Fulham and just a point off Championship leaders West Brom in the race for two automatic Premier League places.

Should the Yorkshire side finally end a 16 year wait for a return to the top tier, the efforts of the likes of promising centre-half Ben White and winger Jack Harrison will be widely lauded.

But over the weekend, Northern Ireland international Stuart Dallas was being picked out as something of an unsung hero after another impressive display.

Fans on social media were touting the 28-year-old as a potential Player of the Season while he was being selected once again as a potential man of the match during Saturday's 4-0 win over Grant McCann's Hull City.

The former Crusaders winger has started all 36 of his side's Championship fixtures so far this season, playing the full match on all but two occasions.

Having featured in midfield and at right-back, Dallas is now being utilised on the opposite side of the defence.

That's much to the relief of number two Luke Ayling, who was keen to pinpoint his fellow full-back as a key reason for Leeds' impressive season.

"Stu is brilliant," he said.

"He's played four or five positions this year. He's probably been our best player every single time he's played. "I'm glad he's found a home at left-back and not at right-back.

"He's brilliant, he runs all day. He gets up and back and he's in the form of his life. He's different class."

Next up for Leeds is a home game against Huddersfield next Saturday as Dallas continues to warm-up for the all-important Euro 2020 play-off semi-final against Bosnia & Herzegovinia.

Belfast Telegraph