Many Leeds United fans have been lauding Stuart Dallas on social media after LUFC Data shared a statistical assessment of his performance against Reading.
Boss Marcelo Bielsa fielded the 28-year-old at left-back at home to the Royals on Saturday, before later calling on Dallas to move across to the right-hand side of our defence following Kalvin Phillips’ first-half injury.
No matter what side of the field he featured from, Dallas thrived and has now been earning a wealth of praise online with some supporters dubbing him as their contender for our Player of the Season award.
Others have described the Northern Ireland international as ‘Mr Reliable’, ‘Mr Consistent’ and ‘Mr Versatile’, with Saturday’s clash Dallas’ 34th start of the season having opened all of our Championship fixtures to date in 2019/20.
As well as being a mainstay of Bielsa’s plans, LUFC Data have noted that the 43-cap star registered a game-high 115 touches and 63 accurate passes (80.7%) against Reading, while making 19 successful passes in the final third, seven ball recoveries, six crosses, won four ground duels, three tackles, two aerial duels, made two interceptions and one block.
Has Dallas been our Player of the Season (so far)?
Neither of Dallas’ six crosses and only two of his six long balls connected with a teammate, however, while also failing to register a key pass and losing possession 24 times, per Sofa Score statistics.
Here are some of the messages shared as fans lauded Dallas on social media…
I love that fact people are finally noticing what Dallas has ALWAYS done for the club, ever since he’s arrived his passion & workrate is class & being a great player before bielsa too, deserves all the recognition, ONE STUART DALLAS! Loved him ever since his debut against Burnley https://t.co/EDYx23Kbr8
— Alfie O’Sullivan (@AlfieOSulliivan) February 23, 2020
My favourite player since he arrived, absolutely brilliant this season ❤⚽
— SUSAN SMITH 1 (@SmithLeedsUtd) February 22, 2020
Contender for player of the season for me and no it’s not just cos he’s a fellow Northern Ireland lad. He’s been outstanding and just keeps getting better and better, look how far he’s come. He gives 100% every game and would play anywhere. What a guy 💙💛 https://t.co/k3MVBCvRLj
— Dean Irwin (@PortsLeedsNI) February 22, 2020
He’s hit some form. Reinvented.
— BROLIN ATE THE PIE (@1971LeedsUnited) February 22, 2020
This lad is different class at left or right back, leave midfield cover to the likes of Jamie Shack, Dallas never let’s us down at full back 👏👏👏 https://t.co/8s46OOejY4
— Alan Haigh (@AlanHaigh4) February 22, 2020
Mr.Reliable – got to say I love him at RB/RWB but either full back position I’m happy with Dallas in. Obviously I hope we go up but I just want it to see the reaction of the likes of Dallas, KP, Cooper, Bill, Pablo and Berardi who have been with us a number of years
— Mr Popular (@Russlufc) February 22, 2020
I really wish we’d sing cookstown Cafu. This man does not get the credit he deserves since Bielsa has come in https://t.co/08Yp29zvg1
— Christopher 🕴 (@CM4892) February 23, 2020
No player has improved more under Bielsa than Dallas.
— Mr B (@Therealstevieb) February 22, 2020
Mr Consistent. https://t.co/TH1cO0h65d
— Chris Neal (@cgsneal) February 22, 2020
An unsung hero, Mr reliable, Mr versatile. A real team player. MOT IBWT
— David Alan (@DavidAl45088452) February 23, 2020