Michael Brown has suggested Jamie Shackleton could be sent out on loan next season following Leeds’ promotion to the Premier League.
The former Leeds midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, heaped praised on the 20-year-old who ended the season with two goals in wins over Derby and Charlton.
The England u21 international will be hoping to carry on his fine form for his boyhood club, who will be playing in England’s top flight for the first time in 16 years.
However, Brown suggested that a loan move could be a better option for his development, comparing him to West Brom’s loan star Grady Diangana.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “It’s so hard to actually play in that Leeds team but towards the end he’s managed to get a slot and show what he can do, he’s a really exciting prospect.
“That’s what you need. Game time, scoring goals and a little bit of confidence. Of course when the team is winning it helps as well.
“We’ve spoke about Diangana at West Brom, the development he’s had this year on loan, you’d definitely say that’s a possibility.”
Shackleton has racked up 22 appearances this season but only five of those have come as starts, having also made just four starts in 21 outings last term.
He scored his first goal for the club during their 3-1 victory over Derby and the youngster revealed it’s “a moment he’s dreamed of”.
Speaking to Leeds United’s official website, he said:“That’s a moment I’ve dreamed of not only am I champions with my boyhood club, but to get my first goal as well, is just a perfect day.
“The occasion and us being back in the Premier League is something I’ve dreamed of since being a little kid and it has been a great few days.”
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