Northern Ireland recently had an excellent international break. Michael O’Neill’s side defeated both Estonia and Belarus to remain at 100 percent in qualifying for the European Championships next summer. Considering they are in a group with Germany and The Netherlands, a good start was needed to give them any hope of playing in the tournament.
Leeds United certainly had an interest in the games. Not only is Bailey Peacock-Farrell his nation’s number one goalkeeper but utility man Stuart Dallas is also a regular for the Green and White Army.
But it was Middlesbrough midfielder Paddy McNair who scored the winning goal in the final game against Belarus.
His performance caused Leeds man Dallas to bemoan the lack of opportunities he has had at the Riverside Stadium, as reported by The Belfast Telegraph.
“Paddy has been excellent. He’s had a tough season at Middlesbrough. He should be playing more regularly in my eyes but he’s proved what a really good player he is.
“He works hard, he’s fit and his running ability allows him to be so powerful all over the pitch. You’d think the 90th minute was the first minute and it’s a credit to him.”
So would McNair be a good recruit for Leeds United?
Clearly, Dallas would say so, but McNair could really be a great recruit for Leeds. His versatility would certainly suit Marcelo Bielsa’s philosophy. McNair can play in a number of different positions and would be a great option to have across the park.
Considering Leeds’ director of football Victo Orta’s excellent rapport with former club Boro has already seen the Whites bring both Adam Forshaw and Patrick Bamford to Elland Road, doing a deal could also be simple.
Leeds likely have some bigger name targets on their radar for the summer. But listening to Dallas’ recent comments might not hurt if McNair becomes a Leeds player.