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Leeds’ midfield better with Stuart Dallas than Adam Forshaw

Leeds United’s season has been nothing short of remarkable up until this point as the Whites currently sit at the top of the Championship, nine points clear of third place.

It’s a squad packed full of incredible narratives, but there may be none better than the re-emergence of Stuart Dallas.

The Northern-Irishman was something of a forgotten man last term as he started just 12 games in Marcelo Bielsa’s first term in charge at Elland Road.

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However, this campaign he’s become indispensable in the team as he’s started every single league game since the start of the season.

Strangely, despite starting every match, he hasn’t had a position to call his own as WhoScored state that he’s played in nine different roles already.

The utility man is brilliant at adapting his playstyle to fit any position, but perhaps it’s time for him to settle on one.

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Nobody would have thought it at the beginning of the season, but Dallas may actually be a better midfield option than Adam Forshaw at this point.

We know how much Bielsa loves Forshaw after his comments about him being a great blend of attacking attributes and defensive skills, but it seems as if Dallas eclipses him in both of those areas.

When Dallas plays as a centre-mid he averages 2.1 shots per game as well as two tackles per match, both of those numbers sit higher than Forshaw’s 1.9 and 1.1.

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And while Forshaw is dribbled past on average 2.3 times per match, Dallas is taken on less than half that amount.

Phil Hay has previously stated that Leeds have missed Forshaw on occasion, and while that might be true, he may have a battle on his hands to get back in the starting XI over Dallas.

It will be interesting to see what happens if and when the former Middlesbrough man does return.

In other news, Phil Hay reckons one Leeds man may have been waving goodbye on Sunday...

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