Shackleton tipped for extended run in Leeds XI after incredible Premier League reveal - Mills
Luke Ayling’s injury will give Jamie Shackleton a real chance to impress for Leeds United, according to Danny Mills.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender insisted it is “important” Shackleton finds his best position.
The 21-year-old was handed his first Premier League start of the season against West Ham last week with Ayling absent.
Marcelo Bielsa revealed in his pre-Watford press conference yesterday (September 30) that Ayling’s injury requires surgery.
With no other senior right-back on Leeds’ books, Shackleton, a midfielder by trade, filled in against the Hammers.
“He’s been in and out of the side and in and out in terms of position,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“He needs to find his best position for him, where he needs to be.
“That’s really important for him and that’s what he needs to find. He’s played midfielder, right-back, left-back. He’s played all over the place, effectively.
“It’s important for him to have a good run of games. How long that will be depends on how long Luke Ayling is out for. Hopefully, that’s not too long, from a Leeds perspective.
“It’s an opportunity for Shackleton to take his chance. If he doesn’t, you’ve got Dallas who can be pushed back to right-back.”
Shackleton has played four times, including three substitute appearances, in the Premier League so far this season.
According to Who Scored, his pass completion rate of 97.8 per cent is the highest in the entire top flight, an incredible achievement.