Ex-Leeds man claims youngster needs to ‘prove himself’ out on loan

Date published: Thursday 5th August 2021 6:09 - Lewis Oldham

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Leeds United midfielder Jamie Shackleton needs to go out to “prove himself” by spending a season away on loan in 2021/22, according to Danny Mills.

The 21-year-old made his debut for Leeds United under Marcelo Bielsa in 2018/19. He played 24 times for them that season.

Shackleton also featured 24 times for them in 2019/20 as the Whites won the Championship title to return to the Premier League.

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The midfielder is highly rated at Elland Road but he was only able to play 13 times for them across all competitions last season. This includes eleven outings in the top flight.

Phil Hay, Leeds United reporter for The Athletic, has revealed that Championship outfit AFC Bournemouth are interested in signing Shackleton on loan.

The Cherries already have one Leeds player on loan, as Leif Davis joined them last month until the end of the 2021/22 campaign.

Mills – who played for the Whites between 1999 and 2004 – has had his say on Shackleton’s future with Football Insider. He believes the youngster “has to go out on loan” to get regular football this season:

“I think a loan move would be a good move for him. He needs to get out there and prove himself.

“Let’s be honest, he’s going to be on the bench most of the time at Leeds. He might come off the bench, five minutes here and 10 minutes there, max.

“If I was him, I’d be thinking ‘Right, ok, I’ve got a bit of a taste of first-team football, I want more of it’. If that’s the case then he has to go out on loan.”

Last week, Gabriel Agbonlahor suggested that new Leeds signing Lewis Bate can make an impact after joining from Chelsea:

“You’ve got to keep working hard and show what you can do. That’s all you can do.

“Just keep performing in the Under-23s games. This is definitely the time for young players to be given a chance in football. Year by year, it’s getting more fashionable for young players to get a chance.

“It’s a good time to be a young player and you’ll get your chance.”

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