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.
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.
“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…
Zanetti. 1 of the GOATs and 1 of my all time favs. Just like Stuarty D! #GAWA
— Sacha (@sashkatoon82) April 18, 2021
Dallas epitomises the attitude of the whole team. Willing to play in any position they’re asked and puts in a shift doing it. They all embody the motto “Side before self, every time”. What a time to be a Leeds fan. #MOT #ALAW
— David McGinlay (@Quigmeister) April 18, 2021
A huge compliment – Zanetti was an absolute baller.
But a deserved one – so is Dallas!
Not that I ever want us to sell him but I wonder how much Dallas would be worth now. He’s easily Premier League standard in about 3 positions!
— Phil Harrison (@MrPMHarrison) April 18, 2021
Zanetti an Inter Milan legend wow what a compliment
— BARNEY ©️🦚 (@BarneyLUFC21) April 18, 2021
Huge compliment for Zanetti that.
— MMTHEUNBANNED (@MJ90113368) April 18, 2021
That’s some compliment right there.
— Tiddy (@PureLeeds) April 18, 2021
Zanetti is the argentinian dallas
— All Cheese Aren’t we (@lufc2106) April 18, 2021
Zanetti and dallas in the same sentence. High praise indeed ❤️
— Conor Smith (@Conor_Smithy) April 18, 2021