Eddie Gray has praised Leeds United midfielder Jamie Shackleton and believes he gives the team an excellent balance.
The 19-year-old came into the Whites team last weekend away to Barnsley for his first league start of the season.
He is a box-to-box central midfield that caught the eye in the Yorkshire derby with his immense work-rate and he played the full 90 minutes.
Manager Marcelo Bielsa has had a fairly settled side at Elland Road in the league, but Shackleton certainly took the most of his opportunity to impress during the injury absence of Adam Forshaw.
Leeds host Derby County on Saturday afternoon in the Championship and Forshaw is once again on the sidelines through injury.
That will surely once again leave the door wide open for Shackleton to retain his place and continue his development with the first-team.
“Jamie Shackleton comes in midfield [against Barnsley] and I thought the boy did terrifically well getting forward quickly. He’s a good foil for Pablo Hernandez when he gets balls in that midfield area because he’s got the pace to run into spaces and run down the flanks. The Balance of the team is looking good,” Gray told LUTV.
Shackleton is one of the most exciting talents to come through the Leeds academy in recent times and the step up to the senior group doesn’t appear to have phased him one bit.
The midfielder has managed to slot into Bielsa’s side effectively whenever required and he does deserves a run of starts at Championship level.
It will be a step up on Saturday if he gets the nod to start against Derby, who Leeds will be seeking revenge against after losing in the play-off semi-finals to them last season.