The dust is settling after Leeds United’s disappointing defeat in the play-off final, but attention has turned to Marcelo Bielsa’s future and beyond that launching another promotion bid next season.
One of the many positive the Whites can take from the past year is the introduction of several youth players, with some of them making a real impression at Elland Road.
Leeds have some real quality in their youth ranks that are ready to force their way into the first team.
Jamie Shackleton is a rising star to come out of the academy and he ended the campaign by featuring in both play-off semi-final matches against Derby County.
The 19-year-old has given a glimpse into his potential when stepping up to the first team and there is so much more to come from him.
He made 24 senior appearances across all competitions this campaign and slotted in an unfamiliar full-back role for the team when numbers were short.
But he’s a central midfielder by trade and has also demonstrated his quality in that position.
Shackleton definitely has the tools to nail down a permanent spot in the Whites midfield next season.
He’s got an incredible work-rate that helps him dazzle in the centre of the park and his box-to-box style is a real asset.
Kalvin Phillips was the real success story this season for Leeds, as he became one of the first names in Bielsa’s team in the deep-lying midfield role.
The 23-year-old came through the academy and after year around the first-team has now become an essential part of it.
There is no reason why someone with Shackleton’s talents can enjoy his full breakout year next season.