Leeds United’s Stuart Dallas has explained that he’s frustrated with his lack of minutes recently at Elland Road and he’s not started a game since 1 December.
The 27-year-old did was sidelined with a foot injury for a couple of months, but returned to the first team in February to aid the Whites bid for promotion.
He’s been used as a substitute in the last six consecutive league matches by manager Marcelo Bielsa and is struggling to force his way into the XI.
Dallas is a versatile ace that is a winger by trade, but has also slotted in at full-back numerous times for the Yorkshire club.
The wide man has linked up with Northern Ireland over the international break and will be keen for some more competitive minutes under his belt.
He has expressed his annoyance that he’s not quite had the action he wanted since returning to full fitness.
“I perhaps haven’t played as much in previous weeks as I would have liked, which hasn’t been helped by the injury I picked up at the start of December,” Dallas told BBC Sport.
“But I’m fit, probably fitter now than what I’ve ever been. Kept myself in good condition when I was out injured.”
Dallas is a manager’s dream given his flexibility to play numerous positions and he always shows a brilliant work-rate when he’s on the pitch.
It’s natural for the winger to feel some frustration over his lack of his starts, but he’s very much a squad player and continues to make some important contributions off the bench.
He doesn’t quite provide enough attacking quality to push above the likes of Jack Harrison, Ezgjan Alioski and Jack Clarke in the pecking order.
Dallas has shown some of his best form in the past in a Northern Ireland shirt and no doubt Bielsa will be keeping an eye on him to see how he performs against Estonia and Belarus.