By Pranav Shahaney

9th Jul, 2022 | 3:40pm

Phil Hay: Leeds United midfielder Jamie Shackleton set to leave on loan

Jamie Shackleton is reportedly set to leave Leeds United on loan this summer after being excluded from their pre-season squad on Saturday, June 9.

According to the Athletic’s Phil Hay, the 22-year-old’s omission means that he’s on his way out of Elland Road, albeit on a temporary basis.

The midfielder-cum-right-back was not in Jesse Marsch’s plans last season despite being considered regularly and admired by Marcelo Bielsa.

Via Twitter, Hay wrote, “Leeds United confirm that Raphinha is not in their travelling party for the tour of Australia. Will stay at home and train in England amid ongoing transfer talks.

“Jamie Shackleton also absent and set to move out on loan. Luke Ayling remaining behind to continue recovery.”

Right choice?

Shackleton is a utility player and must be kept on to add to backup in different positions, in our opinion.

However, if the decision to go out on loan was his and not the manager’s then it makes sense as keeping an unhappy player is pointless.

But, if he wanted to fight for his place and Marsch sent him out, then it could be a tad naive and the American may regret it later in the season.

Injuries are a part and parcel of the game, more so if you’re at Elland Road, and Shackleton could fill in not just in midfield but also in either full-back position.

Junior Firpo has not travelled and that could be an injury which means that the club will have no recognised left-back on their tour bar Leif Davis, who could be on his way out himself.

This would’ve been the right time for them to give Shackleton some minutes and give Marsch to see him play with the first team.

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