By Pranav Shahaney

18th Jul, 2022 | 3:34pm

Millwall in strong position to sign Leeds United midfielder Jamie Shackleton permanently

Millwall are reportedly in a strong position to sign Leeds United midfielder Jamie Shackleton permanently after his loan spell ends.

According to London News Online, the Championship side are set to sign the 22-year-old on a season-long loan ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

He will arrive for his medical in the capital on July 19 and while it’s on a temporary basis, there is confidence in the Den that a permanent deal can be chalked out some way down the line.

Journalist Richard Cawley wrote on Twitter, “Jamie Shackleton set for his #Millwall medical tomorrow. A season-long loan move from Leeds United has been agreed.”

Permanent deal?

Shackleton has been an extremely versatile and reliable player under Marcelo Bielsa and we can understand his reason behind wanting to leave.

He is not highly rated by Jesse Marsch and going out on loan would be perfect in proving to the American that he made a wrong initial assessment.

However, once he’s 23 and his loan spell ends, he must be given a go in the Leeds side as he’s going to be a useful asset in the future.

Leeds cannot just sell him to Millwall as he could be an important player for them further down the line and they cannot afford to keep signing new players.

Millwall are unlikely to pay a decent transfer fee for him either so that will make any potential sale a pointless one.

It remains to be seen how Shackleton fares in the Den and we will be keeping track of his performances over the course of the season.

In other Leeds United news, Jesse Marsch is extremely keen on bringing an ‘Exceptional’ striker to Elland Road this summer.