By Alex Stevens
Neil Redfearn has claimed that Leeds could have a star of the future in academy product Jamie Shackleton.
The club have developed a reputation for producing English talent in recent years, with Lewis Cook, Charlie Taylor, Alex Mowatt and Sam Byram among those who have graduated from the academy to become first-team stars.
Redfearn oversaw the development of that quartet in his role as academy director from 2010 to 2015, punctuated by several brief spells in charge of the first team.
The 51-year-old only left his role at the Yorkshire club last summer, and has tipped another youngster to make it in the senior set-up.
“There’s a little boy, a midfield player called Jamie Shackleton,”Redfearn told Radio Yorkshire. “I think he’s got a great chance.
“I think he’s a good footballer, he’s got great feet. He’s not the biggest, but he’s very tenacious. He reads the game well.”
Shackleton starred at a number of early youth levels for the club, and was recently promoted to Jason Blunt’s Under-23 side despite his tender age.
The youngster signed a scholarship deal at the club earlier this year, and is expected to be offered a professional contract by the club when he turns 17.
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