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Leeds United took another blow this weekend when Chelsea rallied to emphatically defeat Marcelo Bielsa’s side at Stamford Bridge.
It was the first time since March that the Whites had played a game in front of the fans, despite the fact that an old rival of Frank Lampard beat them 3-1.
Former Blues youth Patrick Bamford stepped in in the first five minutes to give the visitors the lead, but it soon fell apart when Olivier Giroud, Kurt Zouma and Christian Pulisic found the net.
There were a number of poor individual performances across the field, namely Jack Harrison and Gjanni Alioski, but perhaps surprisingly, there was a disappointing performance from the generally reliable Stuart Dallas.
Where should Stuart Dallas play for Leeds?
On the bench
No United player recorded a rating worse than his 6.2 per SofaScore And as you dig into the numbers, you’ll soon see why.
The 29-year-old, affectionately known as the ‘Cookstown Cafu’, wasted possession, turning the ball 15 times from his 59 touches in addition to only making 29 passes, through SofaScore.
Dallas was also particularly weak in his battles, winning only 50% of his duels on the ground, which means that his opponents Mason Mount and N’Golo Kante often outnumbered him.
It is a difficult enigma for ‘Mr Reliable’, as he has often been the utility man under Bielsa, in which he may have found his best position, as a left back, but if the Argentine is going to play Alioski over him in the role, then its place as central flyer must be questioned.
Especially when the record arrival of the summer, Rodrigo is sitting on the bench waiting for his chance, not to mention that Pablo Hernández will also be back soon.
The Irishman was dribbled three times and made a mistake that led to a shot, so perhaps he is a little out of his depth when it comes to opponents like Chelsea.
Bielsa once praised his point man as a “complete player”, said:
“It is not usual to find such a player. You can play both sides, even if you are right-handed.
“He’s got the agility of a winger and he’s powerful as a defense. Technically, he is a complete player. He has enough passing game to play at all levels of the field.
“Although he is a player on the wings, when he has to play in the center he has no problems.”
And in other news, Leeds lightweight with fewer touches Meslier blew Bielsa down in the Chelsea defeat …