Leeds loanee's manager chuffed with outstanding debut display

A general view of Elland Road during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Fulham at Elland Road on December 13, 2014 in Leeds, England.

The Leeds United defender helped Mansfield Town to victory on his debut for the club.

Conor Shaughnessy of Leeds United during the Carabao Cup First Round match between Leeds United and Port Vale at Elland Road on August 9, 2017 in Leeds, England.

The loaned-out Leeds United midfielder Conor Shaugnessy has already made a positive impression on his Mansfield Town manager John Dempsey.

Shaugnessy joined Mansfield on the final day of the summer transfer window for League One and Two clubs, and made his debut in a 2-0 win against Scunthorpe United a few days later.

But while Leeds fans are used to seeing the Irishman at the heart of their defence, it is as a holding midfielder that he has started his latest temporary spell.

And speaking to The Mansfield Chad this week, Dempster said: “I was chuffed with Conor’s debut and I thought he was outstanding.

 

“We have got some good central midfield players at the football club, but it was an area we felt we had to strengthen.

“We targeted it quite early, but we had to bide our time and wait for the right player to become available as well as make sure the deal was right for the football club.”

And the 36-year-old added: “He does bring flexibility. He can sit in front of the back three or four and can play at centre half as well. He is good on the ball but he is also a physical presence.

“We have had a look at him in a number of positions in training and he’s looked comfortable in all of them.

John Dempster manager of Mansfield Town looks on during the Pre-Season Friendly between Bradford (Park Avenue) and Mansfield Town at Horsfall Stadium on July 11, 2019 in Bradford, England.

“He is not a player to be assigned or pigeon-holed into a particular position. He just loves playing football and getting on the ball, whether that’s in the middle or the pitch or towards the back.”

Shaughnessy's Leeds contract runs for another season after this one.

However, the 23-year-old has failed to appear for his parent club since August 2018 and spent the second half of last season on loan to Hearts.

He had played 15 times for Leeds in total, but just once under the current United boss Marcelo Bielsa.

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