By Wayne Veysey

16th Aug, 2017 | 6:26am

Leeds fans react to Shaughnessy display against Fulham

By Harry Sykes

Conor Shaughnessy was a shock starter for Leeds United in their 0-0 draw at home to Fulham on Tuesday night – and fans took to Twitter to hail the youngster.

The versatile defender, 21, was handed his full league debut at centre-back alongside Pontus Jansson after Liam Cooper joined Matthew Pennington on the injury list.

Shaughnessy was part of a Leeds side that overcame an explosive start from the visiting side to hold firm and eventually take a semblance of control before securing a share of the points.

The Elland Road faithful were blown away by the assuredness of the young Irishman, who has been promoted to the first-team squad since Thomas Christiansen took over as manager.

Here is a selection of their views on Twitter:

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It was Shaughnessy’s third appearance for Leeds in all competitions since he was released by Reading last summer.

The defender was a substitute in the opening-day win at Bolton before playing the full 90 minutes of the League Cup demolition of Port Vale last week.

But his full league debut has provided the starkest evidence yet that he could be a major player for Leeds this season.

In other Leeds United transfer news, Football Insider can exclusively reveal that Thomas Christiansen is lining up a move for a centre-back who is highly regarded and is captain of his club.

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