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Leeds United defender hoping to see Elland Road exit materialise

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Conor Shaughnessy is hoping to leave Leeds United this month, but the defender is waiting on Bolton Wanderers to resolve their takeover before his move can progress.

Leeds have no plans to include Shaughnessy in their squad for the new season, according to Leeds Live, with their report linking the Irishman with a move to Bolton in League One.

However, Bolton’s ongoing takeover issue is holding the deal up and a move might not materialise for Shaughnessy until later in August, when issues in Lancashire have been resolved.

That’s not a problem for Bolton, though, with the deadline for transfers in League One and Two extended until September 2nd, despite the Premier League and Championship window closing today at 5pm.

Shaughnessy, 23, has made just 15 appearances for Leeds so far in his senior career, with the bulk of those coming under the management of Thomas Christiansen in 2017/18.

Marcelo Bielsa offered him 45 minutes of League Cup action last season, before a loan move to Hearts brought Shaughnessy 11 more senior appearances.

Now, he’s training away from Thorp Arch, according to Leeds Live, alongside Tom Pearce, who is also likely to be on the move today.

The Verdict

Shaughnessy is part of a select group at Leeds who don’t look to have any future whilst Marcelo Bielsa is running the ship.

So, the defender is going to want to finalise a move as soon as possible, and he’ll be watching the situation at Bolton closely.

In terms of his football, Bolton could be very good for the 23-year-old, offering a chance to improve in the third-tier, where Shaughnessy should be a standout player.

He was very good in his opening few appearances for Leeds, but has suffered as the team moves forward to compete in the Championship.

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Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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