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Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa continues to tweak his playing squad with Whites defender Conor Shaughnessy moving to Burton Albion on loan until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent deal at the end of the campaign, as confirmed on the Burton club website.
The 23-year-old product of the Reading youth set-up has made 15 appearances for Leeds since signing a senior contract at Elland Road in 2017, while also spending time on loan with Hearts and Mansfield.
So do you feel Shaughnessy has got a future at Leeds following his latest loan move?
“Unfortunately for Shaughnessy I don’t think he has.
“Bielsa has suffered with injuries at centre-back over the past 18 months and it’s an area Leeds lack depth in, yet the 23-year-old hasn’t been given many opportunities.
“So, he clearly isn’t that highly-rated by the boss and the fact he has sanctioned another loan move away suggests he doesn’t feel the player has a future.
“In truth, it’s probably the right decision too. Leeds are a club that are playing superb football right now and they will expect to be playing in the Premier League next season and they need players of that calibre. Therefore, this is a move that suits all parties and it’s now down to Shaughnessy to prove himself in League One.”
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“His days at Elland Road are numbered, and he’ll know that.
“With Leeds giving Burton Albion an option to make this deal permanent, it shows that the Whites are willing to offload Shaughnessy in the near future.
“I don’t think he’ll be anywhere near the Leeds first team, and the likes of Pascal Struijk are likely to be ahead of him in the pecking order in Marcelo Bielsa’s plans at the moment.
“Shaughnessy hasn’t done much wrong when he’s come into the first team plans, but “Leeds will need better and more experienced options available to them in the future, especially if they win promotion to the Premier League.
“They need to offload the ‘deadwood’ in the squad this month, and unfortunately I think Shaughnessy falls into that category.
It’s the best move for both parties involved here.”
“I don’t think so. Conor Shaughnessy is a decent player and he could be a good signing for Burton Albion, but I can’t see him getting into the team at Leeds United, regardless of how well he performs while on loan at the Pirelli Stadium.
“Things haven’t worked out for him since he joined Leeds and if he was going to make an impact for the first team, he probably would have done so by now.
“He’s got hardly any experience in the Championship, so I can’t see him getting into the team at Leeds ahead of the likes of Liam Cooper.
“Not only that, but there’s a good chance Leeds will win promotion this season and there’s no way Shaughnessy would start for them in the Premier League.
“The fact that it’s a loan move with a view to a permanent deal suggests that Leeds themselves are happy for him to leave the club.”