Graham Smyth moots departure for Leeds United ace Jamie Shackleton
Leeds United midfielder Jamie Shackleton could be set to leave to the club ahead of the 2022/23 season, according to a report by Graham Smyth.
The 22-year-old featured only 14 times in the Premier League last season with the majority of those appearances coming from the bench.
With Jesse Marsch having a plethora of options to choose from in central midfield and right-back next season following the signings of Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen, the Englishman’s opportunity for more game time is very unlikely.
For the benefit of his own career, Smyth believes Shackleton should move on. He wrote for the Yorkshire Evening Post: “Shackleton has put side before self but could now plot a course that benefits him without hurting his club.
“Unless a permanent move presents itself, one that would guarantee game time and sufficiently compensate Leeds financially, a Championship loan would look ideal.
“Shackleton will return to pre-season flying – he’s always among the leaders in the running tests and is already working on his fitness during the break – but he needs to put that conditioning to better and more regular use next season.”
Smyth is spot on here. Shackleton is 22 now and if he has any chances of making it at Leeds or anywhere else at the highest level – he must leave Elland Road in some capacity.
As harsh as it is, he is best off searching for a permanent deal because if he was going to make it with the Whites, he would have already made some headway by now but both Marcelo Bielsa and Marsch have seemed to favour several other younger players which isn’t a good sign.
Of course, he played some Premier League minutes in the 2021/2 campaign but nowhere near enough to make his mark on the team.
If he wants to develop as a player, he needs consistent first-team football. Leaving the club on loan is another viable option.
It just depends on what the player wants to do but ultimately, it is a nice problem for Leeds to have because it shows their strength in depth is improving.
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