The Chalkboard: Bielsa should start Shackleton at No.10 instead of Roberts vs Derby

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Tyler Roberts will start in the No.10 role when Leeds United host Derby County at Elland Road on Friday night if Pablo Hernandez misses out through injury, but Marceloa Bielsa should be starting Jamie Shackleton instead of the Wales international.

On the chalkboard

Despite arriving at Elland Road as a striker, the 19-year-old started behind Jack Harrison during the 2-1 FA Cup third round defeat to Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road last weekend, and Bielsa has confirmed that he was impressed with what he saw from the Welshman in a deeper role.

Hernandez would be the favourite to start in the position if he was fully fit, but he is a doubt because of a thigh issue that the Argentine manager may not want to aggravate as the Championship fixtures continue to come thick and fast for the league leaders.

Bielsa already looks to have made his mind up on another start for Roberts, but Shackleton could arguably do a better job against Frank Lampard’s Rams.

What would he bring?

While Roberts did impose himself on the match in west London, he still doesn’t have that creative eye or real technical ability to be a really successful No.10 for Leeds as of yet.

Meanwhile, despite primarily being a central midfielder Shackleton has been asked to fill in at right-back in the absences of Luke Ayling and Gaetano Berardi more recently, although the return of the former has meant that he has failed to start any of the Yorkshire club’s previous four Championship matches.

The fact that he doesn’t need to cover that role should mean he is in contention to start behind the striker, where there is little doubt that he would be better suited to teeing up the likes of Kemar Roofe and Ezgjan Alioski in attak.

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