Ben Parker has highlighted the importance of Leeds United’s full-back pairing Stuart Dallas and Luke Ayling.
Dallas, 28, originally moved to Elland Road as a winger and over time has become a versatile star within the squad.
The Northern Ireland international has been used all over the park by manager Marcelo Bielsa, but has settled at left-back in recent games and has played in that full-back position on several occasions this season.
He’s someone that has a tremendous work-rate every game he plays and has become a real favourite at Elland Road.
Meanwhile, Ayling is a fixed part of the Leeds XI at right-back despite having the versatility to slot in at centre-back too.
The 28-year-old is attack-minded down the right flank and he recently scored the winner in a 1-0 victory against Bristol City.
Former Leeds defender Parker has spoken about the importance of the full-back pairing and explained why they are so tough for oppositions to deal with.
“The two full-backs (Dallas and Ayling) are almost our two main attacking threats. Jack Harrison and Helder Costa in the more forward positions, but the way they link up down the sides with the full-backs it’s really difficult for the opposition to stop,” Parker told LUTV.
Marcelo Bielsa’s team is built on tremendous energy all over the park and high intensity, something which their current full-back pairing have in abundance.
They sit second in the Championship table as it stands chasing automatic promotion and it’s very rare in a league game that they won’t dominate proceedings.
Dallas and Ayling must be two of the biggest beneficiaries from Bielsa’s arrival, as they have both raised their game to new heights in the past 18 months to become vital players in the promotion bid.