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Leeds United: Marcelo Bielsa must finally drop Stuart Dallas vs Southampton

With the international break now over, Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa will be hoping to continue the momentum that his team built up following their first win of the Premier League season last time out against Watford.

The Whites secured all three points thanks to a first half strike from Diego Llorente, and they head into today’s game at St Mary’s no doubt keen on making it back-to-back victories.

Bielsa will have some big calls to make in terms of his team selection, and he could look to make a bold decision on one of his key men in Stuart Dallas.

The Northern Ireland international played all 38 games in the Premier League last season for the Yorkshire club – 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.

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 in which his teammates hold him.

With his ability to play virtually anywhere across the pitch, Dallas is a 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.”

However, he simply hasn’t been at his best recently, with no goals whatsoever in his eight Premier League appearances thus far and just the one assist to his name – to put that into context, Dallas netted a whopping eight times in the top flight last term, finishing as the club’s joint-second highest scorer.

His performance against Watford last time out was yet again below par, with Leeds Live‘s Beren Cross giving him a measly six in his post-match player ratings (the joint-lowest of any player) as he wrote: “Some promising signs again through the middle, but final product is off, whether it’s the final ball or a shot. Had several chances to score around the edge of the box and only tested Ben Foster once.”

Whether it’s through personal issues or even just a case of burnout and needing a real break to recharge his batteries, the £35k-a-week earner just simply hasn’t been up to scratch lately, and it’s high time that Bielsa makes a ruthless call and axes one of his most trusted lieutenants.

Meanwhile, Phil Hay has delivered an encouraging pre-match boost about Kalvin Phillips…

Article title: Leeds United: Marcelo Bielsa must finally drop Stuart Dallas vs Southampton

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