Leeds United face Sheffield United in a Yorkshire derby at Bramall Lane in Paul Heckingbottom’s first match in charge of the club on Saturday, and Whites fans have demanded that he hands Stuart Dallas a rare start.
The Northern Ireland international found it difficult to break into the XI under former manager Thomas Christiansen, and just three of his 16 Championship appearances this season came when he was named in the starting line-up.
The 26-year-old will be hoping for better luck under new boss Heckingbottom, and with the 40-year-old facing a number of injury and suspension worries he could get his opportunity against the Blades, especially after his cross forced Sol Bamba to score an own goal in the 4-1 defeat against Cardiff City at Elland Road last weekend.
Leeds supporters were quick to have their say on the winger – who may well be asked to cover at full-back – via social media, and while one said “Dallas has to start”, another said “I’d like to see Dallas get his deserved run in the team”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
My #lufc team for PH's debut at Bramall Lane; Felix, Anita, Jansson, Pennington, De Bock, Alioski (RW) Hernandez (no.10) Forshaw, Phillips, Dallas (LW) Lasogga.
— NigelOmonrojie-Smith (@NOS74) February 8, 2018
Most excited about Heckingbottom doing two things. 1: PLAYING STUART DALLAS. 2: Maybe working on the kids from the academy in a joined up way. Oh, also 3: PLAYING STUART DALLAS. #LUFC
— kestrel (@BremnersLaces) February 8, 2018
I wonder what players will get a new lease of life under PH, I'd like to see Dallas get his deserved run in the team. #lufc
— Joshua MacAulay (@superleedsmacca) February 8, 2018
Heckingbottom loves a 4-1-4-1 so this would be my shout for Saturday. Don't like Dallas in that position but prefer him to Anita. We got swamped in midfield last time vs Sheff Utd, can't take any chances just leaving 2 CMs in there this time. #lufc pic.twitter.com/ydfObYoPV1
— LJM (@passittosaiz) February 8, 2018
Alioski Phillips Forshaw Dallas
Bock Jansson Pennington Anita
Weidwald #lufc 😍
— Joe (@JoeJames1996) February 8, 2018
— Joe wainman (@WainmanJoe) February 7, 2018
Dallas has to start on Saturday #lufc
— Armo 🌙☀️ #NH69 🇺🇸 (@Jordan_Armo) February 7, 2018
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