Leeds United saw their winning run under Marcelo Bielsa grind to a halt on Tuesday evening after being held to a 2-2 draw with Swansea City.
The Peacocks endured a tough match in South Wales, rallying from behind to snatch a point after being forced to reshuffle their defensive pack following a late injury to captain Liam Cooper.
Cooper’s absence saw Luke Ayling moved across the defence into the middle and resulted in Jamie Shackleton being utilised down the right side, where he struggled to cope with Swansea’s attacks during the second half.
Bielsa himself identified that issue and, while he praised Shackleton’s attacking performance, he suggested that the teenager needs to work on the defensive side of the game – earning a reaction from a number of Leeds supporters, many of whom were impressed by the 18-year-old.
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We have rounded up some of the best responses to Bielsa’s comments on Shackleton below.
We lost Ayling at right back by losing cooper which was a massive loss. The kid did excellent away from home getting an assist and tried to be positive all the time. Forshaw will be great addition at a vital time too when he gets back #mot
— Dont you know hes LOCO (@LufcDamo) August 21, 2018
He’s a young lad that is playing where he can to get minutes people who are saying he’s a no 10 or midfielder but yeah so is delph and guardiola plays him full back I’ll leave the decision making to bielsa
— Adam Marshall (@Marsh010) August 21, 2018
It’s because he isn’t a defender he’s a winger or a number 10
— Ryan (@RPlufc93) August 21, 2018
You can’t hide the fact despite a good result… the ‘back 5’ were terrible – really do think we need a CB too longer season to rely totally on what we have
— David (@beaglelufc) August 22, 2018
i thought he had a very decent game for such a young lad in what is a tought place to go.ffs some leeds fans are harsh critics.jeez.
— david langley (@LangersD) August 21, 2018
Shackelton is a Premiership player in the making. But I get what Bielsa is saying too.
— Stephen Lewis (@vegansmithsfan) August 21, 2018
A fair point, but in Bielsa, speak, that’s a huge compliment,
— brian mcmahon (@bpmcm) August 21, 2018
I’d play Shackleton ahead of Alioski and move Hernandez to left based on that attacking showing.
— Nick Walmsley (@NickW1982) August 22, 2018
Pablo does not help the full back out much – that’s OK when it’s Ayling but Shackleton needed help in that second half.
— Martin Collinson (@redskinsfanuk) August 21, 2018
Thought he did really well but he tired with 30 to go, as most 18 year olds do but impressed with him. Will get better with age and the extra stamina and strength
— Steven Ross (@steross769) August 22, 2018