Leeds United registered their third consecutive loss last night after Brighton and Hove Albion scraped a 1-0 win at Elland Road. The home defeat is their sixth in their last ten games, creating a worryingly inconsistent streak.
It was a disappointing game overall for the Whites, who remain on 23 points in the league table. Frustrations will be rising, especially after Crawley Town shockingly dumped them out of the FA Cup last weekend.
One player who was disappointing yesterday is Stuart Dallas, and his sub-par performance is starting to become a concerning pattern for Leeds.
For a forward-thinking full-back, the 29-year-old’s chance creations have left a lot to be desired recently. According to Sofascore, Dallas failed to complete a single attempted cross against Brighton and was dribbled past once. Similarly, he couldn’t find a teammate with any of his crosses against Spurs and he was dribbled past twice.
Even when playing against West Brom in Leeds’ stunning 5-0 win, he picked up an assist but struggled with his connections from out wide. The versatile left-back also struggles with duels, losing a total of 13 duels in his last three appearances.
Whilst Dallas is undoubtedly a crucial part of Bielsa’s team, his performances have been rather average recently. The £35,000 per week defender’s pattern of struggling to play from out wide is worrying considering Bielsa has been experimenting with playing him at left midfield recently.
He is needed more than ever right now as Leeds are without both Robin Koch and Diego Llorente. With Pascal Struijk also far down the pecking order, Dallas and Luke Ayling are having to step up to plug the gaps in defence.
The 29-year-old needs to improve both the attacking and defensive aspects of his performances or Leeds risk slipping into dangerous territory near the bottom of the table.
In other news, Bielsa must make ruthless call on Helder Costa…