Leeds United’s new era begins today. Marcelo Bielsa will hold his first press conference as the club’s manager this afternoon. In one of the more exciting managerial appointments in Championship history, Leeds have procured one of the greatest minds in the football world as their new manager.
For some players, the arrival of Bielsa should also be seen as a huge opportunity. One such player is Stuart Dallas. The Northern Ireland wide-man has often been a divisive figure at Elland Road. Hard-working, but limited, fans are respectful but not over-enamoured with the former Brentford star.
But under Bielsa, he could genuinely be a star.
The Argentine is most likely to operate with three at the back. That gives Dallas a chance as a potential winger/wing-back for Leeds.
Dallas played a host of positions last term. The 27-year-old, whose best position is on the left-wing, played from the right and also filled in on both the left and right side of defence.
That sort of versatility, functionality and honesty to a players play is exactly what Bielsa will be looking for at Leeds.
Dallas has all the attributes to fit into the Bielsa style of playing. He may be the embodiment of hard work paying off for Leeds United this summer.