Leeds’ Stuart Dallas proves he has what it takes on the big stage

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Stuart Dallas made it known this week that he loves Yorkshire.

With the Northern Irishman’s contract ending next summer it was a statement that could bode well for his future at Leeds.

The versatile 28-year-old has started the season in fine fettle, averaging a match rating of over 7 according to WhoScored and he more than earned his keep away from Elland Road on Monday night.

Playing for his country against Germany, he proved he had what it takes on the biggest stage of international football.

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Dallas has been trusted at right back for his club in 2019/20, filling in for Luke Ayling astutely.

He scored against Stoke a few weeks ago and was one of the few players to earn praise after their defeat versus Swansea before the break.

Taking on Germany there was always the possibility he may look out of his depth but that was far from the case as he was able to nullify the threat of Borussia Dortmund winger Julian Brandt.

The 23-year-old is one of the most promising in the Bundesliga and has already netted in the division this term. Last season he was on hand to claim 11 assists and seven goals for Bayer Leverkusen.

However, coming up against Dallas he failed to ever really get going.

The German managed just two dribbles whilst he was never able to complete a single cross for his team, even despite Joachim Low’s men eventually prevailing 2-0.

Germany didn’t have it all their own way and they could have found themselves in danger when Dallas himself fired an attempt inches wide of the target.

He looked brilliant going forward as he managed two crosses but the Leeds man was allowed to get into forward areas because of Brandt’s positioning.

As can be seen from the heatmap provided by SofaScore, Dallas was afforded plenty of space on the right channel and that was predominantly down to where Brandt operated.

Rather than trying to get down the channels himself, the wide man cut inside on a regular basis and left his side of the pitch relatively open.

Dallas exploited those areas to great effect, even if he missed a big chance, but it was a performance that showed he can play well even against some of the best in the business.

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