It’s understandable that Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has been reluctant to make many changes to his starting XI for much of this year’s league campaign.
When you’re grinding out results even when not at your best, then it’s clear to see why Leeds look destined for the Premier League this season.
But there are sure to be some of the current playing squad that aren’t best pleased with their current game time due to Bielsa’s lack of changes.
One of those is likely to be Jamie Shackleton, with the youngster not featuring as much as first hoped this season.
He has been a real bright spark when he has stepped off the substitutes bench and will be hoping he can continue to stake a strong claim for a regular starting spot in Bielsa’s squad in the future.
Shackleton has been limited to just three league starts for the Whites this season, and with 16 substitute appearances to his name, he is likely to be a frustrated figure at Elland Road at this moment in time.
He’s still at a relatively young age and will be keen to get first-team football experiences under his belt at the earliest of opportunities, otherwise his exciting potential will be going to waste.
Leeds will be hoping they can fire themselves back into the automatic promotion places before the season reaches a conclusion in May and there are sure to be calls on Bielsa to experiment with Shackleton in the squad.
If you’re Shackleton in this situation, I’d be wanting to play as much football as you can, and he’s evidently got something about him.
He’s a player that can play a starring role in the future of Leeds United, but the club need to keep him satisfied, or he could be heading for the exit door, sooner rather than later.