By Saikat Mandal

20th Sep, 2022 | 9:40pm

Jamie Shackleton makes honest Leeds United admission

Jamie Shackleton has suggested that he left Leeds United to join Millwall on loan in order to play regular games.

The 22-year-old joined The Lions in the summer on a temporary deal. He has made 10 appearances for the club so far, nine of them being starts.

Shackleton started at right wing-back against Blackpool as Millwall won 2-1. He later moved to central midfield after Danny McNamara came on.

Shackleton came face to face with Ian Poveda, another player who left Leeds on loan to join Blackpool. He has hailed him as a “tricky” player.

“That’s one of the big reasons I came on loan – to put a good run of games together and pick up a nice bit of form. That’s been something that has been hard to come by in the past couple of years at Leeds. That’s the aim and hopefully we can continue that,” said Shackleton, as quoted by Londonnewsonline.

“Ian is a pretty tricky player, he didn’t get many chances to get on the ball and run at us, which is good, we stopped that well. But it was nice to see him, I was pretty close to him when I was at Leeds. I wish him all the best for the season.”

Future?

It’s good to see that Shackleton is getting regular games at Millwall and he is performing well for them.

After emerging from the club’s youth academy, it was expected that he would cement his position in the senior team. 

He was given opportunities by Marcelo Bielsa, and he did impress in a few games last season. 

However, Jesse Marsch has come up with big plans in the summer, and the club spent big money on bolstering the midfield following the departure of Kalvin Phillips. 

Phil Hay of The Athletic has shared that the 22-year-old may have played his last game for the club already. He is almost certain to leave the club permanently following another loan spell. 

His time at Yorkshire is all but done. However, Shackleton needs to play regularly and keep delivering for the Championship club. 

He has made a strong start at Millwall, and it seems like he is enjoying his time at his new club. 

In other Leeds United news, a Sky Sports pundit has reacted to Gary Neville’s suggestion that the 49ers’ potential ownership at Leeds would be a problem.