The Lowdown: Shackleton yet to feature under Marsch
The Whites will be without senior defender Luke Ayling for the rest of the season following his red card at Arsenal on Sunday, and they are now in the bottom three for the first time since October with just three matches remaining.
The Latest: Pope’s team news update
Pope was present at Thorp Arch on Tuesday for Marsch’s pre-Chelsea press conference and asked Marsch directly about Shackleton possibly coming in for Ayling.
The Leeds manager admitted he was ‘considering’ bringing in the 22-year-old to replace the former Yeovil man, but also said that Raphinha and Daniel James could play in wing-back roles and didn’t rule out moving a centre-back over to occupy the right-back position.
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The Verdict: Natural fit?
Natural right-back Cody Drameh isn’t available following his loan spell at Cardiff, so it seems to make the most sense to go with Shackleton.
The Leeds academy graduate has played as a right-back and right midfielder this season and now has 78 senior appearances under his belt, so he appears to be the more natural fit for the role in a back four or five.
He established himself as a regular in September and October, starting five games in a row during the autumn, and including him from the off would also then allow Raphinha and James to play further up the pitch in their more familiar positions.
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