Marcelo Bielsa and tradition are on the same level. The new Argentine head-coach declared that he knew everything a foreign manger possibly could about the club before he arrived, and he’s made it quite clear he understands the fans and the club, he also understands the importance of youth and the academy, underlined by a new deal for Jamie Shackleton today.
Shackleton is an 18-year-old central midfielder who has moved in from a winger in the youth teams to play as a right-back in the first-team under Marcelo Bielsa, as well as a central midfielder on Saturday as he made his debut at Derby County. His impressive appearance was made easier for him by the dominance of the Leeds team over Derby and the confidence he had, something he should take great credit for.
Shackleton penned his new three-year-deal with the club today, something he looks delighted about, a crazy few days for the latest Leeds United player to step-up from the academy in recent years. Shackleton is now considered a first-team player after pre-season, the squad is so small that players such as himself, Jack Clarke and Ryan Edmondson will all have roles to play this season, Tom Pearce and Baily Peacock-Farrell already having appeared in the first-team on various occasions.
Shackleton will start tomorrows game at home to Bolton Wanderers in the cup and could play in his more natural position or where Marcelo Bielsa has used him more, right-back. He can do a job in various roles and with Tyler Roberts, Jack Harrison and Patrick Bamford all to start tomorrow it’s an exciting team that looks to be fielded by Marcelo Bielsa. It’s been a huge few days for Shackleton, but as he told the media earlier, he wants the next one and the next.