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Leeds: Phil Hay drops Jamie Shackleton update

Leeds United fans could be set to see Jamie Shackleton in action sooner rather than later, as per news from The Athletic’s Phil Hay…

What’s the story?

Relaying information from Jesse Marsch’s pre-match press conference ahead of the clash against Watford at Vicarage Road, Hay said on Twitter: “From Jesse Marsch’s press conference – Roberts, Firpo and Bamford still out but making good progress. Shackleton almost ready to train again. Marsch says everyone else is available for the Watford game.”

Make or break for Shackleton

Yet to make a start in the Premier League this calendar year – his two appearances in the division so far in 2022 have only totalled 56 minutes – Shackleton has either been on the bench or completely out of the matchday squad, with injuries certainly not helping his cause.

Despite that lack of real game-time in the Premier League, there’s no questioning that Marcelo Bielsa was a big fan of the Leeds youngster.

Indeed, speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of facing Southampton in the top flight last season, the former Whites boss said: “I believe in Shackleton as an important alternative for Leeds United. He’s in a similar process to that of Pascal (Struijk).

“The only thing is that Pascal has a continuity that Shackleton hasn’t been able to have. I consider him a player that I can trust and I’m satisfied with what he has brought to the team. Apart from that, he is a very serious player, very applied and very conscious of what is needed to play at this level.”

At 22, Shackleton still has plenty of time to develop into the player Bielsa thought he could be, which must come as a source of great excitement to Marsch, but one of his biggest issues is where his best position lies.

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Even in his limited appearances this season, Shackleton has operated as a right-back, right midfielder and holding midfielder, and that lack of consistency and ability to pin down one position has perhaps been to his detriment.

The summer’s transfer window will surely see Leeds look to try and invest in their squad to make that next step forward, so it feels like a real make-or-break moment for the versatile ace’s career in these coming weeks.

If he can truly regain his form and fitness and impress Marsch, then the 22-year-old could find himself being a key part of the American’s first-team squad going forward. If not, a loan move or even a more permanent exit may be on the cards.

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