Leeds could find their next Stuart Dallas in Slavia Prague’s versatile midfielder Oscar Dorley.
After keeping their powder dry in the January transfer window, Marcelo Bielsa’s side will no doubt be looking to make some major additions to their squad come the start of the summer.
Predominantly a central midfielder, Dorley’s versatility knows no bounds, being able to play further forward, out wide on both flanks, and even as a left-back – sound familiar?
Dallas of course has been a Swiss Army knife for Bielsa under his management, playing in a vast number of positions over the past couple of seasons – this season alone has seen him feature at right-back, left-back, central midfield, attacking midfield and as a right-winger.
In the 22-year-old Dorley, Victor Orta could find someone most similar to Bielsa’s Mr Reliable, especially when you consider how he’s performed in the Europa League this season.
The Liberian dynamo has averaged an impressive 2.2 interceptions and 1.8 tackles per game, which ranks him very favourably when you compare him to how Bielsa’s current options have done in the Premier League – only Liam Cooper has averaged more interceptions with 2.6 per match, while only six other players better his tackles ratio.
Dorley’s former manager at Slovan Liberec, said: “He is a very talented and promising young player who we liked from the very beginning, both in matches and in training. He has an above-standard first touch, he can give a final pass. For his age, he is definitely a very interesting player for Slovan. In addition, he still looks good in character, he is a modest boy who wants to move on.”
With his ability to deliver a “final pass”, his defensive strengths, and his very valuable versatility, he seems exactly like the kind of player who Bielsa would absolutely love to have.