Leeds United have confirmed an exciting boost after news emerged from Thorp Arch that Stuart Dallas has signed a new contract at the club.
The Northern Ireland international played all 38 games in the Premier League last season for Marcelo Bielsa’s side – in fact, the versatile ace only missed nine minutes of action in the top-flight when he came off against Leicester back in early November.
And now, via the club’s official website, the Whites have confirmed that Dallas has put pen to paper on a new three-year contract to extend his stay at Elland Road.
Given just how consistent Dallas was all season, news that he’s been rewarded with a new contract will be music to the ears of both Bielsa and the Leeds fans.
He completed a sweep of the club awards for his performances, winning Goal of the Season, Players’ Player of the Year and the Player of the Year – a real indication of the kind of impressive displays he put in, and the high esteem with which his teammates hold him.
The Athletic’s Phil Hay made it clear just how good he has been, saying: “I went for Dallas as Player of the Year last season as well. I’ve almost run out of things to say about him. He’s like the T-1000 from Terminator. Tell him to be a goalkeeper and he turns himself into one (without indiscriminately killing people at the same time).”
With his ability to play virtually anywhere across the pitch, Dallas is an absolute manager’s dream, and it’s no surprise that Bielsa himself has made it clear just how much he rates him.
He said: “I had a player like Dallas before in Javier Zanetti, and Julio Saldana when I had my first experience of management at Newell’s Old Boys. Those two players are very like Dallas in terms of their versatility.
“Dallas is a very potent, powerful player and can play with either foot. In the majority of the games that the team has played, he has been one of our best players.”
And, former Newcastle man, Rob Lee, added to the list of admirers, saying exclusively to FFC: “He’s been brilliant and he’s not one of their big-name players so he goes under the radar but every time I watch him play, he’s either Man of the Match or not far off it. He’s been different class and he has been scoring goals as well, so a new contract is the least he deserves.”
News of his contract taking him through to the summer of 2024 will have Bielsa absolutely buzzing.