Leeds United took on Reading last night, winning the game 1-0 at Elland Road. It was a goal from makeshift right-back Stuart Dallas that proved to be the difference. The Northern Ireland international smashed home the winner to give Leeds all three points. Although, his international team-mate Bailey Peacock-Farrell’s penalty save in the 90th minute did help.
But seeing Dallas put in a good display at right-back certainly had more impact in this particular fixture. Because, if Paul Heckingbottom had got his way, the Reading right-back would have likely been at Elland Road this term.
The former Leeds boss was heavily linked with bringing his former Barnsley full-back to West Yorkshire this summer.
READING, ENGLAND – JULY 28: Andy Yiadom of Reading looks on during a pre-season friendly match between Reading and Crystal Palace at Madejski Stadium on July 28, 2018 in Reading, England. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)
The Ghana international was a trusted servant of Heck’s at Oakwell, playing in a number of positions for the Tykes.
However, Leeds did not sign him.
At the time, it was claimed by the Yorkshire Evening Post that Leeds simply did not see the need for another right-back and did not see him as a long-term option on the left. However, considering the fact Heckingbottom was sacked just two weeks after Yiadom signed for Reading, it appears there was nobody left at Leeds pushing for the deal.
In the end, Leeds signed Barry Douglas as their left-back solution. Yiadom strolled through the first-half but struggled in the second as Douglas advanced beyond him at ease. Indeed, it was down Yiadom’s flank that Douglas provided the cross leading to the winning goal.
With Douglas thriving and Dallas scoring, the Elland Road faithful will be happy with their full-back options over the man Heckingbottom wanted.