Jamie Shackleton is the Leeds United youngster who has the best chance of earning regular minutes this season, according to journalist Phil Hay.
The Lowdown: Shackleton impresses for Leeds
The 22-year-old has already made five Premier League appearances this season, including a start at home to Watford last weekend, as the Whites finally got their first win of the campaign in the competition.
With Luke Ayling out injured for the foreseeable future, it could be that Shackleton continues to fill in at right-back, hopefully making up for the loss of a key player.
The Latest: Hay expects more minutes
That’s certainly the opinion of Hay, who took to The Athletic to claim that Shackleton is the standout youngster, in terms of getting minutes as the season progresses:
The Verdict: Ideal Ayling replacement
Shackleton is capable of playing at both right-back and in midfield, but it looks as though he will get playing time in the former for now.
Ayling is expected to be out for around six weeks, so this is a wonderful opportunity for the Englishman to stake a claim and cement his place.
In other news, Hay has also provided an update on Leeds’ potential January business. Read more here.
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