After thrashing West Brom 5-0 away from home in the Premier League last time out, confidence will be through the roof at Leeds United.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side were imperious at the Hawthorns, dismantling the Baggies in a scintillating first-half display that saw them race to a 4-0 lead before the break.
So, with Tottenham coming up on Saturday, the Leeds boss may be reluctant to make any significant changes, but he might be tempted to unleash Jamie Shackleton.
The 21-year-old has yet to complete a full 90 minutes this season in the top-flight, but has been involved in the past five games, playing in a number of different roles, including right-back and central midfield.
And that versatility is something people have talked up. Speaking last year when Shackleton was just coming back injury, Noel Whelan raved about his ability, saying: “He is a favourite of the fans and a really lovely young man. He is so valuable to Marcelo Bielsa because he can play so many positions so well – right-back, central midfielder, number 10, wing-back.
“He is very quick, tenacious, really energetic, good on the ball, a real athlete, so his return at such a key point in the season is very welcome. Jamie has so much to offer and I’m sure he will have a big role to play in the second half of the season.”
Bielsa himself has gone on record to say how big of a fan he is of the versatile ace, saying: “Jamie has a maturity which does not correspond to his age. He plays like a veteran but he’s only 19.
“He can attack by surprise, he defends well and when he moves he has explosive movements. With these kind of movements he can surprise his opponent and he looks for space at the right time.”
With Klich having a tough time as of late, Bielsa could throw Jose Mourinho off the scent by making a bold call to start Shackleton from the off.
The 21-year-old’s energy and dynamism could be a real game-changer and add some fresh legs in the engine room.