Report: Redfearn wants Jason Shackell, how does he compare with Leeds' current options?

The Leeds boss reportedly wants the Burnley defender ahead of next season.

Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn wants Massimo Cellino to sign Burnley centre-back Jason Shackell next season should the 49-year-old remain in charge at Elland Road, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Indeed, Shackell is one of three reported targets suggested by the YEP, also including Charlie Adam and Matt Phillips.

The 31-year-old brings Premier League and Championship experience, exactly what Redfearn wants in any potential arrivals at Leeds, but how does he compare to those currently on the books at Elland Road?

 (Per Game) TacklesInterceptionsHeadersClearancesMinutes Played
Sol Bamba 2.05 4 4 8.58 1,710
Giuseppe Bellusci 1.9 3.27 1.97 7.57 2,586
Liam Cooper 1.38 2.62 3.17 7.48 2,317
Jason Shackell 0.49 1.23 4.4 11.31 3,077

On the ball, as Opta stats show, Shackell is outshone by all three of Sol Bamba, Giuseppe Bellusci and Liam Cooper.

In the air, however, the Burnley centre-back is better than all three, while he also averages more clearances per game this season.

Shackell has been playing at a higher level, which may explain his lower rate of tackles and interceptions, although that would also account for his higher rate of clearances (more pressure faced by Burnley).

Should Bamba's loan deal not be made permanent at Leeds, of course, Shackell would suddenly become a far better prospect based on the above statistics. And Redfearn will no doubt be taking other things into account, such as the 31-year-old's level of leadership and his experience of achieving promotion.

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