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New faces can revitalise Leeds' promotion drive, maintains Dallas


Stuart Dallas

Stuart Dallas

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Stuart Dallas

Stuart Dallas hopes Leeds' new signings will help lift the mood at Elland Road in time for tonight's visit of Millwall.

Leeds' big advantage in the race for automatic promotion has been whittled down to three points after just one win in seven league matches.

But the arrivals of France Under-21 striker Jean-Kevin Augustin from RB Leipzig and winger Ian Poveda from Manchester City have given Leeds a timely boost.

"It's a massive lift," said Northern Ireland ace Dallas. "It's been well documented that people have been crying out for us to sign a striker. The club have done that and we're looking forward to seeing (Augustin) play.

"It's a big boost for us. It gives us a bit more strength in depth.

"When new signings come in, they give everybody a big lift. We've made new signings now and hopefully with players coming back from injury as well, it should give us a lift.

"The club have worked really hard to bring the players in and I think everyone deserves credit."

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Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa said Augustin will not feature against Millwall, but Poveda could be included in his squad.

Millwall, who beat Leeds 2-1 at The Den in October, have lost only one of their last 13 league games and could climb back into the play-off places with victory.

Leaders West Brom have also seen their healthy position at the top evaporate after one league win in their last eight. Slaven Bilic's side face Cardiff tonight.

Brentford and Nottingham Forest are among those to have taken full advantage of the top two's recent slip-ups and they play each other at Griffin Park.

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