Phil Hay: Leeds 24-year-old not in Marcelo Bielsa plans for upcoming 20/21 PL season
Leeds United enforcer Conor Shaughnessy is not in Marcelo Bielsa’s plans for the upcoming 2020/21 Premier League season, according to Phil Hay.
Writing on his personal Twitter account on Friday, The Athletic journalist reported that while Shaughnessy, 24, is still under contract at Elland Road for another season, he is not expected to play any role in the first-team.
deal to 2021 (but not part of the plans)
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) September 4, 2020
Shaugnessy joined Leeds from Reading in 2016 and has made 15 first-team appearances for the Yorkshire club since.
However, only one of those appearances have come while Bielsa has been in charge at Elland Road and that was in the 2-0 defeat to Preston North End in the Carabao Cup in August 2018, which was incidentally Bielsa’s first loss as Leeds manager.
Shaugnessy, who can play as a centre-back or defensive midfielder, has spent the last two seasons on loan at Hearts, Mansfield and, most recently, Burton Albion.
He made eight appearances for Burton in the second half of last season before the coronavirus outbreak led to the League One campaign being curtailed.
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In July, LeedsLive journalist Beren Cross reported that Shaugnessy was expected to join Burton on a permanent basis after that loan deal expired.
However, with the Brewers’ season set to kick-off tonight (Friday), it no longer seems as though the former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international will be joining the Staffordshire club as part of any previous agreement.
Shaughnessy does not appear to have a future at Leeds and we would be surprised if he remains on the books at Elland Road past the end of the transfer window.
Although he’s hardly a young player any more at the age of 24, he is versatile and has experience of playing in League One and Two.
Someone in those leagues could get a cheap deal for Shaughnessy if they post their interest soon based on Leeds’ stance on his future.
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