By Danny Mills

18th Sep, 2019 | 4:46pm

Exclusive: Danny Mills suggests 'Very good' Leeds midfielder facing axe v Derby


Danny Mills suggests that Leeds United midfielder Jamie Shackleton is not safe from being axed from the starting XI against Derby County this weekend.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and England defender says he was impressed with what he saw from the 19-year-old against Barnsley on Sunday, having been drafted into the starting line up by Marcelo Bielsa.

The youngster took the place of Adam Forshaw at Oakwell, the former Middlesbrough man missing out through injury, and helped the Whites seal a 2-0 win in the Yorkshire derby.

However, despite insisting that Shackleton put in a more than competent performance against the Tykes, Mills insists that there is no guarantee he will be kept in the starting XI when Leeds play host to Derby County on Saturday.

Asked if the youngster was nailed on for a starting role again, Mills told Football Insider: “I don’t think those rules exist anymore. Managers pick and choose players for a particular game.

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“He came in and I thought he did very, very well. He gets around the pitch, athletic, passes the ball well – does all those things that you expect from a midfield player. Forget whether it’s a holding midfield or attacking midfield.

“I thought he did very, very good but long gone are the days you win the game and you get an unchanged team.” 

Shackleton’s outing against Barnsley was his first Championship start of the season, having picked up just six minutes of league action in two substitute outings.

He has a total of 29 appearances under his belt since breaking through the youth system at Elland Road and has been left out of just one matchday squad across all competitions so far this campaign.

In other Leeds United news, Mills has told Football Insider he was drooling over one thing a defender did off the ball in the win against Barnsley.