Leeds United may have suffered a blip in the early stages of 2020, but they are now back in full swing with five league wins on the spin and they sit top of the Championship table in pursuit of automatic promotion.
There has been a number of key individuals driving forward Marcelo Bielsa’s team and one player that deserves a special mention is Stuart Dallas.
The Northern Ireland international has featured in all 37 league games to date this campaign and he’s the underrated star that won’t get much attention outside of Elland Road.
But those within the Yorkshire club will now how influential he is to the squad and his immense work-rate must make him a real favourite with manager Bielsa.
The 28-year-old offers so much to the group with his versatility, as he’s been used in both full-back positions, both wing positions and in midfield too in this season alone.
Dallas has remarkably looked top-class in whatever job he’s asked to do and he’s currently thriving as a quality left-back in the side, helping keep five clean sheets on the bounce.
It’s could be a fair comparison to make that Leeds have their very own version of Liverpool’s James Milner.
Milner, who previously came through the academy at Leeds as a youngster, proved his ability by stepping into a full-back role to drop a man of the match display at the weekend against Bournemouth.
The 34-year-old midfielder is currently with Champions League holders Liverpool and remains an important part of a squad that are charging towards the Premier League title this season.
He earns £140,000-a-week (Spotrac) at Anfield and remarkably he slots in so effortlessly now still when needed and is the perfect professional.
Milner is obviously a serial winner in a different class to Dallas, but the latter is certainly cut from the same cloth with his work ethic and both are underrated for the quality footballers they are too as it takes serious intelligence to be trusted in a number of roles.