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2 pros and 2 cons to Leeds United giving 22-year-old’s exit the green-light

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Leeds United could be set to let midfielder Jamie Shackleton out on loan this summer as Reading circle for his signature.

The Whites are in the midst of something of an overhaul at the moment with plenty of incomings expected while major outgoings are occurring too.

Some of the more fringe options for Jesse Marsch have their futures to resolve too, with fresh signings shifting the pecking order significantly.

One of those is Jamie Shackleton, who could be subject to a move away with Football Insider reporting that Reading are looking to sign him on loan this summer.

Here, we take a look at how Shackleton’s possible departure could affect the club both positively and negatively…

Pro: Raising standards of the squad

Leeds’ transfer business so far has not only added quality to the starting lineup, but it also means that we are simultaneously raising the bar throughout the whole squad.

For example, Rasmus Kristensen’s arrival at right-back means we now have Luke Ayling as backup, and that immediately looks like a healthy position for us now.

The same goes for midfield. More names are expected to come in alongside Marc Roca, with a smattering of youth being promoted too, and that raises the floor of this squad while seeing Shackleton move on, who hasn’t managed to make the grade regularly in the Premier League.

If we’re looking to push on from 17th, progressing across the board is a must.

Should Leeds let Shackleton leave this summer?





Con: Losing depth?

While we are looking to improve the strength and depth of the midfield options we have, losing one midfielder instantly pegs us back after signing Marc Roca.

Shackleton made 13 and 14 league appearances in the two seasons, showing that while he is a sporadic option, he’s also very useful in that regard.

We can’t afford to go into next season looking as thin as we did last term through the middle, and letting Shackleton go is a risk in that regard.

We would be likely to replace him with a new signing or with a youth player being promoted, but it’s a risk worth considering.

Pro: Better for his career

Perhaps more important than anything, a move away for Shackleton is going to be so much more beneficial for his career.

As said above, he’s only managed 27 league appearances for Leeds since promotion, and most of those have come from the bench.

If he wants to really kick on like a lot of us know he can, then a regular starting spot in a Championship side is much more likely to bring that out.

Reading will be playing him week in, week out, given that they have barely any other options through the door at the moment.

Con: Lose a lot of energy

While he wasn’t a starter ever for us, Shackleton offered us an awful lot from the bench, that is hard to come by.

He might not have had the guile of the likes of Phillips or Forshaw when in possession, but his relentless energy is a brilliant asset.

Especially in a pressing team, having someone that physically fit and quick is a great option to be able to call upon with half an hour to play.

With Jesse Marsch’s system lending itself to that sort of characteristic in the middle of the park, we might want to look at replicating that with a new signing.

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