There are five games remaining in the Premier League season, and mathematically Leeds United could still finish in the European positions.
It’s been a superb first campaign back in the top flight and ninth-placed Leeds should be aiming to finish as strongly as possible to secure a spot in the top half of the table.
They’ve already got a strong squad of players, most of which were promoted together last year, and should be ambitious going into next season.
If the Whites can add one or two more top players, then under manager Marcelo Bielsa they should only be looking up the table. However, at the same time it’s pivotal they keep their current best players.
A fresh report that surfaced last week has linked Leeds star Stuart Dallas with a new deal, which could turn out to be the most significant piece of business completed this summer before the window even opens.
According to the Belfast Telegraph, Dallas is “on course” to sign a deal which will see his £20,000-a-week contract more than doubled as a reward for his performances. The report claims there is interest in him from rival clubs, but the 30-year-old is very happy at Elland Road.
With his current contract expiring in 2023, it seems pivotal that Leeds sort out his future as soon as possible.
Dallas, who has played as a left-back, right-back and midfielder this season, is a versatile player unlike most across Europe.
The Northern Irishman has proven that he can be a superb performer at Premier League level in various positions, and he must be one of the first names in Bielsa’s XI each week.
Even if Leeds do make a marquee signing in the summer, the importance of unsung hero Dallas shouldn’t be overlooked.