Leeds midfielder Jamie Shackleton shows he can oust Adam Forshaw

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Leeds got their Carabao Cup campaign up and running with a straightforward 3-0 win over Salford on Tuesday evening.

The Whites took the lead through debutant Eddie Nketiah before Gaetano Berardi and Mateusz Klich added two further strikes.

The only really concerning moment came courtesy of Kiko Casilla when he rushed out of his goal, missing all of the ball from a free-kick.

Marcelo Bielsa chose to rest a number of players, bringing in fresh faces which included youngsters Leif Davis and Jamie Shackleton who got much-needed minutes.

On the chalkboard

Leeds have started the campaign creating opportunities in abundance as they played 13 key passes against Nottingham Forest last weekend, all to no avail as they came away with a draw.

Adam Forshaw was one of the midfielders selected alongside the more creative Klich versus Forest but struggled, playing none of those key balls through.

However, against Salford in midweek, it was Shackleton who proved Forshaw should be under threat unless he improves his displays.

The teenager played on 24 occasions last term, featuring at right wing-back as well as in midfield but this display showed why he must start centrally on a more regular basis.

He was at the heart of most of the positive things that came from the middle of the park and had a hugely influential part to play in the first goal.

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Shackleton picked up the ball and played a wonderful reverse pass down the right-hand side. It was latched onto by Helder Costa who then laid the ball on a plate for Nketiah to score from.

His vision was outstanding and the pass was simply inch-perfect.

That moment alone shows the qualities he has and why he must claim a regular spot in the side again.

The 19-year-old started both playoff matches last term as Leeds lost but this was a more mature performance from Shackleton.

Bielsa would be making a big call in dropping Forshaw but he must make it if Leeds are to improve on the solitary point they claimed last weekend.

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