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Conor Shaughnessy must be disappointed over Leeds' decision to sack Thomas Christiansen

Islam Slimani of Leicester City and Conor Shaughnessy of Leeds United in action during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Leicester City and Leeds United at The King Power Stadium...

Conor Shaughnessy must impress new Leeds United boss Paul Heckingbottom in the wake of Thomas Christiansen's axing.

Islam Slimani of Leicester City and Conor Shaughnessy of Leeds United in action during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Leicester City and Leeds United at The King Power Stadium...

It's been a tough couple of weeks for Leeds United man Conor Shaughnessy.

Not only was Shaughnessy ruled out for a few weeks after coming off injured in the 0-0 draw at Hull - his first start for a month - but manager Thomas Christiansen, the man who brought him into the first team from relative obscurity, was sacked by Leeds a few days later and the Irishman could be forgiven for being gutted.

Christiansen appeared to be a big fan of the 21-year-old - signed from Reading in 2016 - and quite often even played him in defensive midfield when he could not squeeze him into defence.

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United at Molineux on November 22, 2017 in...

And it remains to be seen whether new man Paul Heckingbottom is willing to go to the same lengths to accommodate the youngster.

He has shown plenty of promise as a centre-back, but the Whites' need for another central defender is less urgent now than it was a couple of weeks ago, after Liam Cooper returned from suspension and Matthew Pennington shrugged off an injury.

Leeds United's Danish manager Thomas Christiansen gestures on the touchline during the English League Cup fourth round football match between Leicester City and Leeds United at King Power...

Shaughnessy, whom Christiansen claimed would be missing for a few weeks in his penultimate press conference as United boss, is a handy player to have in reserve, but he might not feature much for the rest of the season and then a decision will be made over whether to keep him for the 2018-19 campaign or loan him out.

It seemed unlikely that Christiansen would let him go, given his promise, and time will tell whether Heckingbottom identifies the same potential in the young man.

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