By Pranav Shahaney

19th Nov, 2021 | 7:30am

Jamie Shackleton agent admits January Leeds United exit on cards

Leeds United player Jamie Shackleton could be on his way out of the club in January, according to his agent Hayden Evans.

He told The Athletic’s Phil Hay that they will assess the situation closer to the window and see how many minutes he has played until then.

Shackleton found himself playing more often due to Luke Ayling’s absence, but he sustained an injury himself which has kept him out of action since October.

Speaking on the Phil Hay Show, Evans said, “It [Shackleton situation] has to be reviewed come January and see how many minutes he’s got. We can have the discussions with Victor [Orta] and say that our player isn’t playing more.”

Must keep him

Shackleton has proven to be an ideal utility player for Marcelo Bielsa and the Argentine surely must be appreciating what he brings to the table for his side.

Despite preferring to play in midfield, he has slotted into the right-back role, no questions asked and has done a terrific job there.

Replacing Ayling is no mean task, but his absence has not been felt as Shackleton has fit in seamlessly.

However, he does see himself as a midfielder and his minutes are going to be further limited once Ayling returns.

At 22, he’s at that age where he needs to play week in and week out to continue his development.

Hopefully, Orta, Bielsa, the player and his agent, can sit down and discuss the plan for the rest of the season as he’s an important player who can slot into two key positions and must be kept at the club.

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