Former Leeds United and England right back Danny Mills has again heaped praise on Academy graduate Jamie Shackleton following his emergence and continued development in the 2018/19 campaign.
The 19-year-old has had a good breakthrough year under manager Marcelo Bielsa and he’s made seven starting appearances across all competitions, with a further 17 substitute showings in almost successful promotion campaign.
Filling in at fullback as well as his more natural midfield role, he absolutely took his moment to shine in the second leg Play-Off Semi-Final against Derby County, even if the game ultimately turned away from us.
Speaking recently to Football Insider Mills was raving about the lad again and with plenty of fans already feeling he should’ve had a few more starts this year, he called him the ‘real deal’ and said he felt he was good enough to make the midfield spot his own next year.
“Shackleton has done very well when he’s played for Leeds. He’s quick, tenacious, drives forward with the ball and can see a pass. He can slot into the midfield area next season, no problem. If you have him and Kalvin Phillips, you need someone creative alongside them.”
It could be a big year for the youngster, but with our Under 23 setup, he’s not the only one really.