Jamie Shackleton shone as Leeds United held on to win the Professional Development League Play-Off final on penalties after a goalless 120 minutes – and Leeds fans have drooled over the player’s performance.
Jack Clarke, Ryan Edmondson, Aapo Halme and Gaetano Berardi all started the match along with Shackleton, who continued to impress from the right side of defence despite being a natural central midfielder.
Both sides hit the woodwork throughout, with Birmingham City’s left-back Remeao Hutton striking an excellent effort off of Kamil Miazek’s crossbar. Matuesz Bogusz hit the post from a free-kick.
Ryan Edmondson also had a goal disallowed for offside, leaving Leeds with a penalty shootout. But the Whites were victorious, as Kamil Miazek saved two penalties. Ryan Edmondson, Clarke, Kun Mihaylov and Pascal Struijk scored.
Shackleton was excellent throughout. Defensively, the 19-year-old was rock solid for Leeds but it was his attacking play that perhaps caught the eye of the Elland Road support – which was believed to be in the region of 6000.
The 19-year-old looked a class above for the Whites, and has proved that he is one of the best up-and-coming talents in the Leeds reserves after Marcelo Bielsa has given him 22 appearances this season.
Leeds fans reacted on Twitter to Shackleton’s display for the Whites, with many stunned at how he is not getting a more regular game in the senior side. He was replaced in the 115th minute by Kun.
Get Shackleton in the first team
— James (@jamesmelloy7) May 6, 2019
— Ollie Whitfield💙💛 (@olliewhitfield0) May 6, 2019
Weird why we haven’t seen more of Shackleton this season. He’s so good
— Harry (@Harry_KelIy) May 6, 2019
Shackleton is class
— Sam 💙💛 (@SamBirdyy) May 6, 2019
shackleton is too good not to be playing in the senior squad
— 🤷♂️ (@ellandread) May 6, 2019
Clarke Odour and Shackleton to start Saturday imo
— Kieran (@LUFC_Kieran) May 6, 2019
It’s a shame but Jack Clarke isn’t the biggest prospect at the academy anymore. Shackleton, Edmondson and even Gotts look miles ahead of him atm #lufc
— Oscar (@OscarMaleham) May 6, 2019