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Have Leeds United got their next Stuart Dallas in under-23 ranks?

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Have Leeds United got their next Stuart Dallas in under-23 ranks?

It would probably take less time to list the positions Stuart Dallas has not featured in for Leeds United this season than it would to go through all of the roles the Northern Irishman has been deployed in by Marcelo Bielsa.

Dallas was superb towards the end of last season. But heading into this campaign, the Elland Road faithful would surely be forgiven for struggling to quite fit him in what they consider to be their strongest lineup.

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It is all the more remarkable therefore, that Dallas is one of five players to have started every single league game for the Whites this season. Only Kiko Casilla and Ben White have more minutes under their belts.

Dallas – who, of course, played in four different positions in one game against Germany back in September – has been outstanding at full-back. He is arguably the best-performing left-back in the squad right now.

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And he has also established himself as the first understudy in a number of other roles across the pitch.

And perhaps there has been a sign in the club’s latest under-23 game that Leeds may have a prospect on their hands who boasts a similar amount of versatility.

Could Niall Huggins become Leeds’s next Stuart Dallas?

Few under-23 players appear to have enjoyed a campaign quite as productive as Niall Huggins. The youngster has been hugely impressive for a number of weeks.


He has caught the eye with his desire and ability to run with the ball. And he has the pace and trickery that immediately attracts the attention of supporters.

And against Wolves on Friday night, the 19-year-old seemed to feature in three different positions. He started at right-back before moving up the pitch to play on both wings.

It was the kind of performance that Dallas would have probably been extremely pleased with.

Huggins has now established himself as a player Carlos Corberan would struggle to leave out of his team during the coming months.

And, as a first-team debut looks inevitable at some stage, perhaps the teenager can look at Dallas and set his sights on becoming a player Bielsa could not be without either.

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