Danny Mills claims that Leeds United teenager Jamie Shackleton could prove to be “absolutely vital” to the club’s success this season after impressing versus Salford City.
The former Leeds and England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, was left raving over what he saw from the 19-year-old, who demonstrated his abilities in both a midfield role and at right-back against the Ammies.
The youngster was one of a number of changes made by Marcelo Bielsa as Leeds overcame their League Two opposition 3-0 in the League Cup.
Mills heralded the teenage talent for the manner of his performance both in midfield and defence, insisting that ability to play in a variety of roles could prove crucial throughout the campaign.
Mills told Football Insider: “I think he played very, very well. He is also versatile which could be absolutely vital for Leeds this season. It was a fabulous move just before half-time. Shackleton played an exquisite ball behind the full-back.
“He played in the midfield but then dropped into right-back absolutely seamlessly. Another young, talented player and clearly loved by the Leeds fans being a local lad.”
Shackleton emerged as one of the club’s brightest young talents last season and ended up making a total of 24 appearances across all competitions, seven of those coming in the starting XI.
He is yet to feature in the Championship this season, being left as an unused substitute for the 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest at Elland Road.