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Leeds United midfielder will be keen to impress against Brentford if pair are ruled out through injury



Leeds United take on Brentford on Wednesday evening, in what could be a tricky test for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, as they look to maintain their unbeaten start to this year’s league campaign. 

But the Leeds boss has a potential selection dilemma heading into the game, with Barry Douglas and Ezgjan Alioski both potentially out of the game against the Bees.

Bielsa revealed that youngster, Jamie Shackleton will be used at right-back for the game against the Bees on Wednesday evening, if Douglas and Alioski are to be ruled out.

Shackleton was hugely impressive for the Whites towards the end of last year’s campaign, and drove Leeds forward in attack from midfield alongside Mateusz Klich.

There had been calls for Shackleton to start on a regular basis this season, but his opportunities have been limited after Adam Forshaw recaptured his best form in midfield.

So it’s understandable that Shackleton hasn’t been starting for Marcelo Bielsa’s side in recent weeks, but he’ll be keen to make the most of the game time he does receive this season.

Although it wouldn’t be in his natural midfield position, the youngster has the right attributes to succeed at right-back, and could potentially provide Bielsa with a welcome selection dilemma in the future.

We’ve already seen Shackleton’s desire to get forward and help play his part in Leeds’ attacking style of play, and he’ll cause the Brentford defence a number of problems if he can build on the performances from last year’s campaign.

He’s got a mature head on his shoulders, and will know that this could be one of a few opportunities to impress the Leeds boss, and he has to grasp this chance with both hands.

If he doesn’t, then he could be forced to watch the majority of the season from the substitutes bench at Elland Road, which is far from ideal.

It’s set to be a closely-fought battle at Elland Road on Wednesday evening, with Shackleton likely to be coming up against Brentford’s talisman, Said Benrahma, who has recently returned to Thomas Frank’s squad after a spell in the treatment room.

It’s the perfect opportunity for Shackleton to impress Bielsa again though, and he’s already shown that he’s more than capable of earning a place in the Leeds starting XI on a regular basis, and will be keen to do so again in the near future.

Editorial Assistant at Snack Media, writing for Football League World on a regular basis! Sports Journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University.

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