Leeds United’s Jamie Shackleton believes their competition for places will be their key to success this season.

The 19-year-old made his first Championship start of the campaign in the Whites’ 2-0 win against Barnsley at Oakwell yesterday.

Shackleton, who is from Leeds, broke into their first team last season and went onto make 23 appearances in all competitions for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

He spoke to Leeds Live after the game yesterday: “I think the competition we’ve got for places is key, the depth we’ve got in each position. People coming off the bench, you’ve got Eddie (Nketiah) coming on and scoring goals. It’s vital that people are competing for places, it’s a positive, competitive environment for everyone to work in.”

Leeds United midfielder Jamie Shackleton (46) during the EFL Cup match between Leeds United and Stoke City at Elland Road, Leeds, England on 27 August 2019.

Everyone wants to be starting games, everybody wants to be playing 90 minutes, that’s the key thing. If you have to be patient, if you have to wait, then fair enough. But everyone’s ready when their chance comes to step in, and the starting eleven would be just as strong.”

He also said: “Everyone in the squad wants the same thing, everyone’s fit, everyone’s ready to play, whether you’re in the starting XI, on the bench, you can see the way the lads run on off the bench, how we got the first goal.”

“Everyone’s so together, I think that’s key really, everyone’s pushing in the same direction, whether you’re starting a game or on the bench because once your chance comes you’ve got to be ready.”


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