Whelan thrilled by what he's seen from Shackleton at Leeds today
Noel Whelan has claimed Marcelo Bielsa will be delighted with Jamie Shackleton’s pre-season performances for Leeds United.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 21-year-old is putting senior stars under pressure with his impressive displays.
Shackleton started Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers and came on as a first-half substitute in Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to Real Betis.
He was utilised as a right-back in both games, with Luke Ayling shifted into a centre-back role.
Also able to operate as a midfielder, Shackleton made three starts in 13 Premier League appearances last term.
Whelan suggested the academy graduate’s performances would have caught Bielsa’s eye and put pressure on his teammates.
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Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “He’s just hyperactive, isn’t he? It’s great to see. Usually, you get that kind of energy from youngsters.
“He’s like a coiled spring, you let him go and he doesn’t stop. Loads of drive, I love the passion that he has for the game. He’s up and down that wing and this is something that he can do.
“He’s played that role. Yes, he was a central midfield player, then he went in as a winger.
“We know the versatility that he offers and the energy and fitness levels that are required at Leeds United these days.
“It’s what the manager is looking for and wants. It’s great to have a player like that who embraces every position that’s thrown at him. That’s what it’s all about.
“You can never learn enough positions. Another position that people are battling for and that’s what you want all over the field. You want that competition, it’s good.”