Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has indicated that almost forgotten man Conor Shaughnessy is likely to get greater game time in the coming weeks and months despite him falling down the pecking order.
Whether this means fans will get to see the 22-year-old back in the matchday squad for this weekend’s clash against Queens Park Rangers or not, remains to be seen but with injuries mounting again especially in the defensive areas of the team, Shaughnessy’s versatility is obviously a positive for the gaffer as he looks to plug gaps.
Going into this weekend’s match, Bielsa told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he felt the 6′ 4″ player more than had what it took to force his way back into his plans and react positively to finding himself largely overlooked in the campaign of 2018/19.
“There is a struggle inside the team to be a part of the group and when you get a position inside the team it’s not the final one. You can be among the 18 or 19 players and in some moments you can be out of this list. Shaughnessy has skills and conditions. He has been a little bit sanctioned by the injuries, but he has the skills to be inside the team.”
With only one appearance so far this year back in August’s EFL Cup defeat to Preston North End, the Irishman will be looking for more minutes and when he gets the chance, he needs to take it and impress.