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The Leeds United man who will be frustrated at lack of recent opportunities

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Marcelo Bielsa has done a superb job at Leeds United, with the most obvious positive the transformation of a side that finished in the bottom half last season now competing for automatic promotion.

As well as that, he has got the team playing with real style and an intensity that the fans love to watch.

Yet, that good work has perhaps overshadowed another aspect of his management that he deserves credit for – bringing through the younger players.

The likes of Jack Clarke and Bailey Peacock-Farrell have played important roles this season with many more talented youngsters on the fringes.

One of those is Jamie Shackleton, with the versatile 19-year-old making a positive impact when he has been given a chance.

Capable of playing at right-back or in midfield, he is reliable on the ball and brings an energy to the side, which many feel the team are missing right now.

Luke Ayling is certainly not near his best right now at full-back and in midfield things haven’t clicked in recent weeks either.

Therefore, Shackleton has every right to be slightly annoyed that he has seemingly been ignored recently.

He has qualities that would improve the team and he wasn’t even used as a substitute in the disappointing performance and defeat at Loftus Road last night.

Bielsa has done a great job this season and giving the younger players a chance has been key to that.

And, now is the time to stick with that by handing Shackleton a starting spot for the crucial Friday night clash against West Brom.

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