Nigel Clough discusses not bringing Leeds' Conor Shaughnessy to Burton

A general view of the Billy Bremner statue outside Elland Road during the Pre Season Friendly match between Leeds United and Everton at Elland Road on August 1, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Conor Shaughnessy hasn't played a single Championship game since Marcelo Bielsa took over at Leeds United but he won't be joining Burton Albion.

Conor Shaughnessy of Leeds United during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Burnley and Leeds United at Turf Moor on September 19, 2017 in Burnley, England.

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough has admitted to the Derby Telegraph that the Brewers have decided against a move for Leeds United defender Conor Shaughnessy.

With just a few weeks until the transfer window shuts for clubs in Leagues One and Two, Shaughnessy is running out of time to secure a move away from Elland Road.

Clearly, the former Reading youngster is not part of Marcelo Bielsa’s plans after making just a single appearance for Leeds since the Argentine took over during the summer of 2018.


According to Leeds Live, cash-strapped Bolton Wanderers are interested though it remains to be seen if Shaughnessy is willing to join a crisis-hit club who started the season with an 11-point deduction and lost 5-2 to Rochdale in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

Burton, who are one of the promotion favourites with Clough at the helm, perhaps represent a far greater opportunity although it seems the door is now closed on a potential move to the Pirelli Stadium.

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough during the Sky Bet League One match between Burton Albion and Bristol Rovers at Pirelli Stadium on October 13, 2018 in Burton-upon-Trent, United Kingdom.

"We have had chats about Conor," said the former Derby County boss. "A few weeks ago with Leeds, we nearly did something but we just needed something different.

"We knew we were taking maybe Ryan Edwards (who joined from Hearts in July) and we needed a midfielder more than a defender.

"We don't envisage adding anybody at the moment, we are happy with the squad that we've got if they can all get fit."

As it stands, Shaughnessy is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Either the 23-year-old stays at Leeds and spends the next few months out of action or he drops down to League One in a potentially doomed attempt to sort out Bolton’s sieve-like defence.

Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City is brought down by Conor Shaughnessy of Leeds United during the Carabao Cup fourth round match between Leicester City and Leeds United at The King Power...

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