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Leeds fans react as Marcelo Bielsa makes big Stuart Dallas claim

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Leeds fans react as Marcelo Bielsa makes big Stuart Dallas claim

A number of Leeds United fans have taken to Twitter to react to comments from Marcelo Bielsa in which he compared Stuart Dallas with Javier Zanetti.

Dallas looks set to win the Whites’ Player of the Season. The Northern Irishman has been a revelation once again this year.

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The 30-year-old has scored seven goals in the top flight. It is his best return during his time at Elland Road, and there are still seven games remaining.

What has made Dallas’s form so impressive is the versatility he has shown. He has made the majority of his appearances in central midfield.

But he has also played numerous times at left-back. He has also been deployed at right-back, holding midfield and out on the wing.

And his ability to play all over the pitch prompted Bielsa to draw comparisons between Dallas and one of the finest players of the modern era.

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“He reminds me of Javier Zanetti and Julio Saldaña, someone I managed at Newell’s Old Boys in my first managerial experience,” he said, as reported by Sky Sports. “They were very alike Dallas in terms of their versatility.”

Had Leeds fans heard a previous manager compare Dallas with Zanetti a few years ago, they may well have been left baffled. Dallas himself, may not have felt that the claim was helpful.

It is incredible to see how far he has come while working under Bielsa. It must not be forgotten that he only made 12 league starts during the Argentinian’s first year in charge.

But plenty of Leeds fans have expressed their delight at Bielsa’s comments. Of course, Zanetti enjoyed an outrageous career, particularly with Inter Milan.

But few players seem as important to this Leeds squad and to Bielsa than Dallas.


With that in mind, here is how some of the fans have reacted to Bielsa’s comments…

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