Leeds united wingback a defensive duel king will be greatly missed

Leeds United will desperately miss defensive duel master Stuart Dallas, after the Northern Ireland international broke his leg in their loss to Manchester City.

The flying winger was ruled out for a long time after colliding with Manchester City’s Jack Grealish.

Dallas has been an integral part of Leeds’ success in recent years, with its energy and aggression loved by the Elland Road faithful.

Dallas had a standout season last year scoring eight goals, however, his defensive performance this season is what Jesse Marsch’s team will miss during his absence.

According to Wyscout, Dallas has the most defensive duels in the Premier League (345).

At a time when Leeds will want players to show commitment in their relegation fight, they have lost their most committed player.

Dallas and teammate Kalvin Phillips rank in the top ten in defensive duels by 90 in the Premier League.

Leeds are in a situation where every moment of a game is crucial.

Every tackle, shot or pass can bring the crowd behind the side and change the dynamics of the game.

In Dallas, Leeds lost a player who can bring a game to life.

Whether through a tackle or a lung explosion on the right flank.

Leeds have four cup finals left in their second season in the top flight.

After years of struggling to get back into the top flight, retaining Premier League status is key to success in Yorkshire.

With the loss to Dallas, Leeds need a player to step up and provide that spark to ignite the crowd.

Kalvin Phillips needs to start being the catalyst on this side.

Although he’s just returned from injury, he just doesn’t have time to work his way back into form.

He needs to hit the ground running and become the player to start Leeds’ relegation fight.

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Edward L. Robinett