The Whites have seen plenty of fringe players leave the club this summer in search of more regular game time and perhaps better long-term opportunities in their careers.
With Jesse Marsch bringing in quality and quantity in certain positions throughout the summer, chances for minutes have become even less likely for some.
Jamie Shackleton was a player who saw his chances of playing diminish significantly under Marsch, despite the lack of options overall in the side in the back end of the season.
He was one of two players who sealed a move to Millwall on loan this summer, joining Charlie Cresswell in moving to the New Den for the season ahead.
The 22-year-old has been a regular under Gary Rowett so far, making nine starts and one sub appearance in their 10 Championship fixtures so far, proving that a move to the Lions was just what he needed for more game time.
Shackleton has now spoken about his choice to move away from Leeds on an initial temporary basis, where he had this to say to LondonNewsOnline:
“That’s one of the big reasons I came on loan – to put a good run of games together and pick up a nice bit of form. That’s been something that has been hard to come by in the past couple of years at Leeds. That’s the aim and hopefully we can continue that.”
This comes amid reports from The Athletic’s Phil Hay that both Shackleton and Leeds expect him to leave the club on a permanent basis at the end of the season, with an option to buy included in his loan deal at Millwall.
Do you expect Shackleton to play for Leeds again?
The best thing for Shackleton this season is to just focus on playing as much as possible, and developing under a very experienced manager.
He seems to be very much on the right track by playing in every league game so far, and his performances will benefit from that.
Having broken through during our first season under Marcelo Bielsa, it will have been so frustrating for him to be so close to nailing a starting spot, but never quite making it.
Some of his performances in the Championship and even in the Premier League have proven that he’s more than good enough to make his way into the top flight in the future, he just needs consistency.