Date: 29th August 2018 at 7:00pm
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Leeds United crashed out of this season’s EFL Cup yesterday evening to Championship rivals Preston North End but a number of fans have been philosophical about the result given the main focus this year is the Championship itself and also the number of changes manager Marcelo Bielsa made as we fell to our first defeat of the year.

One man given a shot in the game was Irishman Conor Shaughnessy, the 22-year-old has only made 15 appearances for the club since coming through our youth ranks, and he didn’t really impress in his first game of the campaign in midweek.

It is, however, fair to say the youngster was far from the only one to put in a poor performance in the opening 45 minutes as we fell two goals down, and he was making his return from injury still so you could argue in his defence he isn’t yet quite up to speed and 100% sharp from training efforts alone.

Having come in as a midfielder and been semi-converted to a defender as well carries its own risks on top of that.

Having been substituted at the halftime break for Samu Saiz, the above comments tell their own story and the question as to why we haven’t brought in additional cover – purely to loan out Shaughnessy and get him some much-needed game time – is a valid question in my mind.

Players only improve with games and by making mistakes, so it’s harsh to judge him as not Championship ready when a spell in League One or Two and 40 plus games could potentially do him wonders and bring him on massively.

 

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