Wednesday is make or break for 23-year-old, could be his last in a Leeds shirt – Opinion

Jamie Shackleton is back at Leeds United and has been in and out of the starting line-up during pre-season under Daniel Farke. Remaining an unused sub on Sunday, he is likely to start on Wednesday night; is it make or break?

The 23-year-old is likely to start. Able to play right-back or in midfield, injuries to Tyler Adams and Cody Drameh makes a start in midfield a real possibility – with Farke likely to rest his first-choice stars for the Carabao Cup clash.

If Luke Ayling is rested, and Drameh remains out, Shackleton will surely start on the right of defence. Leeds have others able to play in midfield. We predicted that Ethan Ampadu will retain his place, and Darko Gyabi comes in.

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But, Wednesday could be Shackleton’s last start. Some way from the starting line-up for a Championship match, injured players or signings will come in. Drameh is likely to be first choice above Ayling – Shackleton third choice.

In midfield – Archie Gray and Ampadu are first choice. Adams is likely to go but will be replaced. Sam Greenwood is also expected to return soon, while Lew Bate is younger and may be given more time. Gyabi is excellent cover.

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Not only is Shackleton likely to fall down the pecking order in the next few weeks – but he also has a decision to make. His contract ends next summer and there are no signs of him signing a new deal. So, Wednesday is crucial.

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A chance before injured players and new signings come in, for Shackleton to shine. For the versatile ace to show Farke that he deserves a more-involved role. It is make or break time for the Leeds star. If he fails, he needs to go.

Indeed, failure to impress Farke – if he is given the nod against Shrewsbury – and Shackleton will need to consider a move in order to avoid sitting on the bench all season, only to leave in 12 months. A big game for our new no.17.