Noel Whelan has tipped Jamie Shackleton to be a real force for Leeds United next season and claimed he is already “better than Jack Clarke”.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds forward delivered a ringing endorsement of the potential of Shackleton and claimed he is “getting really excited” about him.
The 19-year-old midfielder was recently handed his first England under-20s cap in the Toulon Tournament following the end of the domestic season.
“Jamie Shackleton is the standout young player at Leeds, for me,” Whelan told Football Insider. “I know everyone is talking about Jack Clarke, but Shackleton is better than Clarke, who doesn’t make the same impact.
“Shackleton is an all-round player who has a bit of everything. He ticks more boxes than Clarke, who is an out-and-out winger, and is going to be a really important player for Leeds next season.
“Shackleton can play in different areas of the pitch, drive the team forward, win the ball, see a pass, beat a player, he can do most things really well. I’m getting really excited about what he can achieve.”
Shackleton, who does not turn 20 until October, broke into the United team last season and made major strides under Marcelo Bielsa.
Used at both right-back and in central midfield, he made 24 appearances across the campaign and played the majority of both the team’s play-off matches against Derby County.
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