Leeds Untied fans have taken to Twitter to slam Conor Shaughnessy for his performance in the 1-0 defeat to Birmingham at St Andrew’s on Saturday afternoon.
Shaughnessy, 21, was a shock inclusion in Thomas Christiansen’s starting line-up ahead of their trip to the Second City, starting ahead of the likes of Mateusz Klich and Vurnon Anita in the midfield.
The former Reading youngster has spent most of his first-team appearances for Leeds at centre-back, but was played in his more natural position in the midfield against Championship strugglers Birmingham.
However although he was playing in his traditional role, Leeds fans didn’t see Shaughnessy put in as good a performance as what he had put in when filling in at centre-back earlier this season.
The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international filled in the backline when Pontus Jansson, Liam Cooper and Matthew Pennington all struggled with suspensions and injuries earlier this term.
However since they have returned to fitness, Shaugnessy has struggled for game-time.
Christiansen gave him his chance against Birmingham, but according to those who watched on, the midfielder did not do himself any favours.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
I think this settles the debate as to if Shaughnessy is a CB or CM. He's a CB
— Thru It All Together (@ThruItAllLUFC) December 30, 2017
I love KP. But his game is not about controlling the game with the ball. Shaughnessy is trying but chasing shadows. Front four need the ball, but are playing off scraps.
— CK (@ephemeraljoy) December 30, 2017
Would rather have Klich on, Anita hasn't played there for a while
— Jake (@JakeLUFC_) December 30, 2017
Shaughnessy is good and that but as a CM he seemed lost in that half, much prefer anita or Klich
— Luca (@lufc_news7) December 30, 2017
Not a game for Hernandez. Getting caught far too often. Alioski a shadow of himself on the left and Shaughnessy not ready for CDM role just yet. #lufc
— MaltaWhite (@carl_bulger) December 30, 2017
Shaughnessy should stay in dressing room for second half #lufc
— Krzysztof Wrzal (@KrzysztofWrzal) December 30, 2017
Midfield struggled badly so far. Shaughnessy struggling to fit in.
— Keiran Hickman (@Kasper_Sickman) December 30, 2017
Shaugnessy has made 10 appearances across all competitions this season.
He made his debut on the opening day win against Bolton after being snapped up from Reading in September 2016 after a successful trial period.
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