Leeds United confirmed on Tuesday that Ezgjan Alioski will miss the rest of the season as a result of tearing his meniscus in the defeat against Brentford on Monday, and Whites fans have picked a surprise name they want to see replace him.
The Macedonia international had started all 44 of the club’s Championship games this season including the trip to Griffin Park, but the issue that forced him off in the 12th minute has brought that impressive run to an end.
Manager Marcelo Bielsa must now decide who is going to fill in for the 27-year-old in the final two matches and potentially the play-offs, with a third-place finish looking increasingly likely.
With Barry Douglas also absent, the Argentine will likely select from Gaetano Berardi, Stuart Dallas and Leif Davis for the spot, but many Leeds fans believe there is another viable option.
Jamie Shackleton has proved to be a real utility player for the Yorkshire outfit this term having featured in central midfield – his preferred position – on the wing and at right-back, but it would surely be a big risk for Bielsa to blood the 19-year-old on the opposite flank at such a crucial stage of the campaign.
Whites supporters don’t seem concerned however, and obviously feel that the right-footed teenager can make an impact at both ends of the pitch even if in an unfamiliar role.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Seen a lot of people mention shackleton and i could’nt agree more!
— Ben (@benjarny93) April 23, 2019
Can we now play Shackleton please ? https://t.co/EWmoEy6cVk
— Beth (@BGF_lufc) April 23, 2019
Can shack fill in his place
— Stephen Maher ?? (@stevemaher34) April 23, 2019
Time to unleash the shack
— Richard Thompson?? (@Richaarrd401) April 23, 2019
Everyone forgetting Berardi?
Shackleton could easily do a job at LB either, kid could play anywhere
— Páudi Hegarty (@Paudi__Hegarty) April 23, 2019
Time to bring Shackleton into the equation, full of energy and will thrive at the opportunity!
— Brett Catt (@BrettC96) April 23, 2019
— Matt Hill (@MattyHill83) April 23, 2019
Christ almighty. Get Jamie Shackleton in at left back PLEASE
— LUFC Worldwide (@LUFC_WorldWide) April 23, 2019
Wish we were brave enough to play Shackleton at LB but will be Dallas
— Bite Yer Legs ?? (@biteyourlegs) April 23, 2019