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Leeds would be wrong to ignore Stuart Dallas’ desire to stay

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With a lack of football over the international break for Leeds and the rest of the club’s in the Championship and the Premier League, contract talk has seemingly been dominating Elland Road.

Kalvin Phillips has signed a new deal, one that could be worth around £40k, putting him on parity with Kiko Casilla and Patrick Bamford.

There could also be a new deal on the cards for Mateusz Klich after he revealed in an interview that he is on his way to renewing his terms in west Yorkshire.

However, there are still some other contracts that need addressing imminently.

Next summer Pablo Hernandez and Stuart Dallas could also find themselves out of contract and after recent comments from the latter, they’d be foolish if they ignored his desires to stay.

He told Yorkshire Evening Post: “It’s something that’s in the clubs hands, we’ll see.” He also went onto describe how he and his family were well settled, saying: “I love where I live.”

Considering his performances too, the hierarchy must hand the Northern Irishman a new contract.

The fact is that the 28-year-old has been one of the mainstays in the team this season, not just filling in for the injured Luke Ayling but excelling at right back.

The 6-foot utility man has been mightily consistent in 2019/20 and has performed well even when his team have not, something that was evident in the playoffs when he scored twice during a defeat against Derby.

Dallas was one of the few players to stand out when the Whites were beaten by Swansea before the international break, even taking a host of plaudits from the supporters.

It seems fans adore him and it’s hardly a surprise.

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He’s one of the most hard-working players and that’s backed up by the numbers he’s achieved in 2019/20.

So far he’s contributed to one goal and had 1.7 shots per game despite featuring in a more defensive role. According to WhoScored, the defender manages 1.3 dribbles each outing and also proves capable defensively, winning 1.8 tackles per match.

He has been a revelation and is quickly proving himself to be one of the most important members of the squad.

That is surely enough to warrant a new contract. After all, if the player is performing and remains happy they’ll surely get their money’s worth.

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