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'One of the best': Dominic Matteo says Leeds have a truly 'outstanding' player in their ranks

Leeds United icon Dominic Matteo has waxed lyrical about Stuart Dallas, describing the Whites ace as one of the best players in the Premier League this year.

Since arriving at Elland Road from Brentford in 2015, the 30-year-old has made 229 competitive appearances for Leeds, scoring 27 goals and claiming 17 assists.

This season, Dallas has made 37 appearances, all in the Premier League, and has registered eight goals and two assists.

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In addition to his talent and workrate, the Northern Irishman is also an incredibly versatile footballer who has played on both flanks in attack and defence, as well as all over the midfield.

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Dallas’ efforts, along with those of every other Leeds player, have helped Marcelo Bielsa’s side finish in the top half of the Premier League table in their maiden season back in the top flight.

With just one match left this season, against West Brom, Matteo looked back at the campaign, saying it’s been a “privilege” to watch Leeds in action.

“Well done to Marcelo Bielsa, all the staff, everyone who has bought into it, all the players,” he wrote in the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“You look at people like Stuart Dallas, people who get it.

“When you get it, at Leeds, there’s something special about it. It’s great to see these players get the credit they deserve.

“Dallas has been outstanding, one of the best players in the Premier League this year, there’s no doubt about that.

“You can talk about all these superstars at other clubs but man-for-man Dallas has been as good as anyone.”

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What a season it’s been for Leeds, who have taken the Premier League by storm and gave an incredible account of themselves, sticking to their guns and finishing in the top half of the table.

Indeed, the Whites are the only team out of the three promoted last year to survive in the top flight, and they’ve done so in style, winning so many plaudits along the way.

And Dallas, one of Leeds’ longest-serving players, has epitomised what the Elland Road side is all about.

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