By Noel Whelan

22nd Dec, 2020 | 7:00pm

'Get Him Off The Wage Bill' - Exclusive: Whelan reacts as Leeds 24-yr-old told to leave

Conor Shaughnessy’s days at Leeds United are numbered after being overlooked during the club’s on-going injury crisis, claims Noel Whelan.

Ex-Leeds man Whelan gave his assessment of the 24-year-old centre-back’s situation in an exclusive interview with Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

Leeds injury situation is bleak: Robin Koch, Gaetano Beradi, Diego Llorente and now Liam Cooper have all been ruled out in recent weeks.

But despite the depletion of their defensive ranks, central defender Shaughnessy still cannot get a game for Leeds.

His contract runs out next summer and Football Insider revealed he has been told he is free to find a new club heading into January.

Asked by Football Insider how he sees the defender’s future at Leeds, Noel Whelan was pessimistic: “He’s not in any way, shape or form, in plans for Marcelo Bielsa or else during this injury crisis surrounding the centre-halves he’d be in there.

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“I think he rates the other players, Casey and Cresswell and putting Luke Ayling back to centre-half rather than a natural centre-half.

“If there’s a club for him, if there’s a place for him somewhere else, I think it’s best for both parties, you get him off the wage bill, you free up a number, and use the players that are really in your mind and you want in your mind for that season.

“For Shaughnessy, he’s got to get out there, he’s been on loan anyway and I think the writing’s on the wall for the young man.”

A former Republic of Ireland Under 21 player, Shaughnessy spent last season on loan with Mansfield Town and Burton Albion respectively.

He was omitted from the Leeds Premier League squad announced in October as Bielsa opted to name only 18 senior players.

In other news, a former Leeds United defender is on his way to a Yorkshire rival.