Jamie Shackleton

Marcelo Bielsa has actually showered praise on midfielder Jamie Shackleton ahead of Leeds United’s Premier League clash against Southampton.

The 21- year-old is a highly-rated young skill, and Bielsa has stated he trusts him entirely.

The Argentine has actually explained him as a “very serious” gamer who is an “crucial option” for Leeds United.

” I think in Shackleton as an essential alternative for Leeds United. He remains in a similar process to that of Pascal (Struijk),” stated Bielsa to Leeds Live.

” The only thing is that Pascal has a connection that Shackleton hasn’t had the ability to have. I consider him a gamer that I can rely on, and I’m pleased with what he has actually brought to the group.

” Apart from that, he is a really severe player, very used and really conscious of what is required to play at this level.”

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The young midfielder has made 3 starts in the Premier League this season and was excellent in the 1-0 defeat versus Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Bielsa rates him highly and feels Shackleton has what it needs to prosper at this level. At the minute, he can’t use him routine video game time, however the youngster is making excellent progress under the Argentine.

It will be interesting to see whether Leeds sign a protective midfielder in the summer season. Phil Hay has actually just recently suggested that the Whites want to sign ‘like-for-like’ cover for Kalvin Phillips.

Struijk can play in that function, but he is more efficient playing as a main protector. Shackleton has the prospective to fill that function, while the similarity Robin Koch and Diego Llorente are other alternatives for Bielsa.

Leeds play Southampton tomorrow in the Premier League, and Shackleton is expected to begin in midfield with Phillips still out hurt.

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