Former Leeds United fullback Danny Mills was left raving about the performance of Academy graduate Jamie Shackleton in Tuesday evening’s opening round clash of the EFL Cup against Salford City.
With manager Marcelo Bielsa making a number of changes for the game following the weekend’s draw with Nottingham Forest in the Championship, a reasonably comfortable performance saw us take charge against our League Two opposition and following goals from Eddie Nketiah, Gaetano Berardi and Mats Klich, we booked our place in round two of the competition with a 3-0 win.
With Shackleton seriously impressing fans following his standout performance in the disappointing defeat to Derby County in last season’s Championship Play-Off Semi-Final, the 19-year-old youngster was back in the starting XI for the game as he made his first appearance of the 2019/20 campaign, and Mills couldn’t praise him enough for his efforts on the evening at Moor Lane.
Speaking to Football Insider he said of the lad.
“I think he played very, very well. He is also versatile which could be absolutely vital for Leeds this season. It was a fabulous move just before half-time. Shackleton played an exquisite ball behind the full-back. He played in the midfield but then dropped into right-back absolutely seamlessly. Another young, talented player and clearly loved by the Leeds fans being a local lad.”
I doubt there will be many fans who disagree with that summation as big things are expected from him as he continues to develop and forge what could be a very successful career in the game.