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Jamie Shackleton was Leeds United’s unsung hero in their draw with Swansea City

Jamie Shackleton was Leeds United’s unsung hero in their draw with Swansea City

Leeds United supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been pretty upbeat in the last few hours after seeing their side go top of the Championship on Tuesday night courtesy of a 2-2 draw at Swansea City.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men went into their clash in South Wales having won each of their opening three league matches, having tasted victory over Stoke City, Derby County, and Yorkshire rivals Rotherham United. Yet they had to battle hard to secure a point from their trip to the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday night as Oli McBurnie twice gave Graham Potter’s side the lead, only for goals from in-form Kemar Roofe and Pablo Hernandez to earn the Whites a share of the spoils.

Nonetheless, there have been many happy Leeds fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are unsurprisingly heaping praise on messrs Roofe and Hernandez for grabbing the goals in South Wales on Tuesday night.

Former Oxford United striker Roofe has started the season brilliantly with four goals from his opening four games, while Hernandez netted his second of the campaign on Tuesday night, adding to his effort in their opening weekend success over Gary Rowett’s Stoke.

And while the attacking duo deserve much credit for their efforts on Tuesday, 18-year-old Jamie Shackleton was Leeds’ unsung hero for his excellent exploits at right back for the Yorkshire giants.

Ultimately, the youngster only made his senior debut for the club in their 4-1 success over Derby a few weeks back, before earning his first start in their Carabao Cup win over Bolton Wanderers only last week.

Yet the 18-year-old was thrown into the deep end at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday night by being forced to play at right back, a far cry away from his more natural position in midfield.

Yet Shackleton produced a very solid display to help Leeds come away with a point from their trip to South Wales, with the Englishman willing to get on the ball in making 66 touches over the course of the match – only four Leeds players touched it more often than him.

And while some Whites supporters may have gone into the clash slightly nervous regarding his defensive capabilities, the 18-year-old certainly did his bit in making three clearances and three blocks to help Bielsa’s side at the back, while he also underlined his attacking credentials with a great assist for Roofe’s goal.

Yes, Shackleton was guilty of a few defensive mishaps over the course of the 90 minutes, but for someone playing in an unfamiliar role at right back, he certainly proved his worth to the Yorkshire giants, and thus played a key part in a makeshift backline to help the club to the point that takes them top of the Championship.

Leeds fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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