EXCLUSIVE

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa “loves” working with young starlet Jamie Shackleton at Elland Road, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker and lifelong supporter of the club, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims that the Argentine boss is a big fan of the 19-year-old’s attitude and desire both on the training ground and on the pitch.

The youngster has emerged as one of the brightest young talents at Elland Road, with an ability to play both as a full-back or as a central midfielder.

However, Whelan suggests that the promising ace could play anywhere across the pitch thanks to his willingness to both provide in an attacking sense but also contribute defensively and says Bielsa loves that.

Whelan told Football Insider: “He’s got so much desire and energy that I love to see, he’s like a young kid in the playground with talent, intelligence and that desire to go forward and defend – he loves both sides of the game.

“You could put Shackleton anywhere on the field and I guarantee you he will not have a problem because he’s got a great attitude. He’s the sort of person that Bielsa and the coaching staff just love working with.”

Shackleton was on the fringes of the first-team last season and has continued to act as backup to the senior stars in the Championship in their early fixtures of the new campaign.

He was however handed a start in the League Cup victory over Salford City, beginning the game in the midfield before being moved to right-back later in the match.

In other Leeds United news, Danny Mills has told Football Insider he expects to see more from an “exceptionally good” Elland Road ace this season.