Kalvin Phillips hails 'special' Leeds gem Jamie Shackleton

Leeds United's Jamie Shackleton strains to reach a pass during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Leeds United and Stoke City at Elland Road on August 27, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Jamie Shackleton is making a big name for himself with Leeds United.

Jamie Shackleton of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Barnsley and Leeds United at Oakwell Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Barnsley, England.

Kalvin Phillips has described Leeds United team-mate Jamie Shackleton as a 'special talent'.

The 19-year-old looks set for a very big season under Marcelo Bielsa after some glittering performances for the Whites in recent weeks.

Shackleton, a Thorp Arch product, has played 185 minutes of Championship football this season and he now looks to be an established member of Bielsa's senior squad, having only played the equivalent of six games throughout the whole 2018-19 league campaign.

He has started Leeds' last two games in the absence of Adam Forshaw in midfield and posted brilliant performances in both, despite still being a teenager.

 

Phillips, who himself came through United's academy en route to becoming one of the division's most exciting players, said via The Yorkshire Evening Post: "He’s a special talent.

“The way that he gets around the pitch, the way that he closes people down, the way he gets beyond players, he does it with ease and it’s good to play with somebody like that."

Bielsa will have something of a dilemma when Forshaw is back from his hip problem.

To be fair to the former Middlesbrough midfielder, he has been excellent this season and Shackleton has a big ask in keeping him on the bench when he returns.

But if we've learned anything about the youngster recently it's that he is utterly fearless and Shackleton will be more than up for the fight.

Jamie Shackleton of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Barnsley and Leeds United at Oakwell Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Barnsley, England.

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