Marcelo Bielsa names four Leeds United youngsters who have impressed him

Coach of Lille OSC Marcelo Bielsa, coach of OM Rudi Garcia during the French Ligue 1 match between Lille OSC (LOSC) and Olympique de Marseille (OM) at Stade Pierre Mauroy on October 29,...

Marcelo Bielsa seems to rate Leeds United youngsters Tom Pearce, Tyler Roberts, Jamie Shackleton and Conor Shaughnessy highly.

Coach of Lille OSC Marcelo Bielsa during the French Ligue 1 match between Lille OSC (LOSC) and Olympique de Marseille (OM) at Stade Pierre Mauroy on October 29, 2017 in Lille, France.

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa has named the four youngsters at the club he rates very highly, as quoted by Leeds Live.

Bielsa, who was appointed the Leeds head coach earlier this summer, has been impressed with Tom Pearce, Tyler Roberts, Jamie Shackleton and Conor Shaughnessy.

 

“[Tom] Pearce is one of the youngsters,” Bielsa told Leeds Live when asked which of the Leeds youngsters he rates the highest.

“Tyler Roberts is a young player too. [Jamie] Shackleton is also a youngster. [Conor] Shaughnessey also belongs to this group.”

Kalvin Mark Phillips (L) and Tom Mark Pearce of Leeds United FC greet fans during the Leeds United FC and Myanmar National League All Star football match at Thuwana football staduim in...

Promising players

Shaughnessy has played only a handful of matches for the Leeds first team so far in his career, but the 22-year-old has already made a good impression.

The versatility of the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international to operate as a central defender or as a central midfielder is also a boon for him.

Jamie Shackleton is a talented midfielder, and Bielsa’s comments suggest that the youngster could get chances from time to time this season.

Tom Pearce did well during the back-end of last season, and the 20-year-old - who can operate as a left-back or as a left wing-back - can only improve under Bielsa this season.

As for Tyler Roberts, the 19-year-old striker - who can also play as a winger - struggled with injuries following his move from West Bromwich Albion in the January transfer window, but the teenager will be a key player for the Whites this season.

Conor Shaughnessy of Leeds United is marked by Padraig Amond of Newport County during the Fly Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Newport County and Leeds United at Rodney Parade on...

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