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Leeds are hoping to emulate Sheffield United next season, says Stuart Dallas

Leeds United player, Stuart Dallas, says the club are looking to emulate Sheffield United next season.

Leeds earned promotion to the Premier League for the first time in 16 years in 2019/20 after winning the Championship.

They have greatly improved since Marcelo Bielsa became head coach in 2018 and narrowly missed out on going up last term.

They were of course beaten to automatic promotion by the Blades – who have since gone on to impress in the top flight.

Under the guidance of manager Chris Wilder, they finished ninth in their first top tier campaign in 12 years. Relegation never seemed like a realistic prospect. In fact, for much of the season, European qualification was much more likely.

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What Stuart Dallas thinks about the Blades

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Dallas played a key role in the Whites’ promotion, starting all but one of their 46 league matches. The Northern Ireland international proved his versatility by operating in both full-back roles and midfield.

Having missed out to the Blades last term and then seeing what they have gone onto achieve, Dallas has been inspired.

“The club will obviously strengthen and we’ll go next season looking to do exactly what Sheffield United have done,” the 29-year-old was quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“I think they deserve massive credit. I don’t think they’ve added too many players to their team and it just shows what hard work can do.

“They’ve an incredible manager so I’m sure that’s what the club will be looking to do.”

The two clubs will be representing Yorkshire in the Premier League after three successive years of just one team from the county being in the division.

Although they have fiercer rivals, both sets of fans will look forward to their two league fixtures in 2020/21. Especially as it will see two of the most exciting coaches in England in Wilder and Bielsa going head-to-head once again.

The Argentine has inspired some of the biggest names in world football. Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Diego Simeone all view Bielsa as something of a mentor.

Yet it was Wilder who most inspired the 65-year-old when he arrived in England. Bielsa admitted he learned many things from the Blades boss before their two sides met in 2018.

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