Tony Dorigo has backed Jamie Shackleton to start once again for Leeds United in their Premier League clash with Southampton.
Marcelo Bielsa pushed the 21-year-old into the Kalvin Phillips role against Wolves after starting at right-back in the defeat at Arsenal.
Phillips is once again ruled out this evening, and Dorigo has backed Shackleton to keep that spot and Pascal Struijk to continue in defence.
Speaking to LUTV in their Big Match Preview, Dorigo has backed the Whites to name an unchanged side in their latest outing.
“I don’t see why we should be any different,” he said.
“Jamie Shackleton as well, he was excellent in that midfield with a lot of energy.”
That would see Struijk remain in defence alongside Liam Cooper, something which may be forced upon Bielsa – Dorigo agreed.
“Struijk at the back, I thought yet again, showed that he is improving and looking to be a really important player – so yeah, same again.”
It may be forced after Sky Sports suggested that the clash with the Saints has come too early for Diego Llorente to actually start after his injury.
Shackleton impressed against Wolves and proved that he can distribute possession just as well as Phillips, completing 96.4% of his passes from the base of midfield [WhoScored].
We’re hoping that Phillips can return for the clash with Aston Villa this weekend, but Shackleton certainly provides enough energy to cover that loss.
Bielsa shared his trust for the youngster in his recent press conference, admitting that he is a “very serious” player, now it is time for him to prove it.
In other Leeds United news, Leicester City and Napoli want to sign Pascal Struijk