We’re in the death throes of the silly season, so transfer rumors are going to be coming in quick and they will be resolved in hours rather than days.
So when word out of Norwich City late last week said that the Canaries were potentially interested in Leeds United winger Stuart Dallas, Leeds fans became concerned. After all, the club has a history of selling popular players to Norwich, and could Northern Ireland international Dallas be the latest in a long string of players who have traveled south to join the Norfolk club?
Message I'm getting about Stuart Dallas is that he's not for sale. Leeds want to keep him. #lufc— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) August 28, 2017
Now there isn’t a need or desire on the Leeds side to sell Dallas on, after all, while he is not a starter, his experience and skill off the bench see to be a valuable piece for Leeds United this season. And with Hadi Sacko not even getting to the bench since his rather dismal performance against Port Vale in the League Cup, winger is a surprisingly thin position for the club with Kemar Roofe seeming to cement his place as the first-choice striker, at least until a replacement for Chris Wood is found.
@T9Christiansen: "There is a lot of competitiveness in our squad and I need a player like Stuart Dallas"— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 25, 2017
The problem with assurances like the one above from Leeds head coach Thomas Christiansen is that we’ve all heard them before. The club said, on numerous occasions, that Wood was not for sale, and yet, here we are, four days before the summer transfer window closes and Wood is gone and the club is looking for a new striker.
Dallas is a valuable member of the team, and the lack of form from Hadi Sacko is concerning. However, Madger Gomes looks to be a special talent, and it appears that the new boy Jay-Roy Grot, as well as Roofe, can play on the wing as well as striker. So while it would be disappointing to lose Dallas, it won’t be the end of the world. Because, you know, he’s not for sale. For real.