Leeds United defender Conor Shaughnessy is set for a loan switch to Mansfield Town according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The youngster is set to join the Stags who have so far struggled this season in League Two and are aiming to boost their defensive ranks with the signing of Shaughnessy.

Mansfield have only claimed six points from their opening six games and their defensive frailties have been clear to see.

Shaughnessy, who was loaned out to Scottish Premier League side Hearts last season, hasn’t played for Leeds since August 2018 and is deemed surplus to requirements at Elland Road.

He joined the Whites in 2016 but has only made 15 appearances for the first team. Bielsa is thought to be a fan of the 23-year-old and claimed he has got the skills to break into the team at some point.

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“There is a struggle inside the team to be a part of the group and when you get a position inside the team it’s not the final one,” Bielsa admitted. “You can be among the 18 or 19 players and in some moments you can be out of this list.”

“Shaughnessy has skills and conditions. He has been a little bit sanctioned by the injuries, but he has the skills to be inside the team.”

Leeds supporters were hoping the defender would get the chance to impress this season but so far this unfortunately hasn’t been the case.

Mansfield boss John Dempster will now be hoping he has pulled off a defensive coup as he sets about reviving his team’s fortunes.

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