Leeds United star Jamie Shackleton was a transfer target for Scottish giants Rangers and even Championship outfit Queens Park Rangers, according to a report from The Athletic.
Shackleton made his debut at Elland Road under legendary coach Marcelo Bielsa and became a first-team regular during the Argentine manager’s spell at the helm. However, as the squad became stronger, particularly in the Premier League, Shackleton’s game-time was limited.
Last season, the academy graduate was sent out on loan to Millwall for the entire campaign where he made 36 appearances in the Championship under Gary Rowett, but Shackleton has since returned to the Yorkshire club and even started at left-back during Leeds’ goalless draw with Sheffield Wednesday right before the international break.
Shackleton has now found himself back in the fold with the Peacocks but it looked as though the versatile midfielder-cum-fullback was set for a move before the transfer window closed a few weeks ago.
According to The Athletic, Scottish Premiership side Rangers were weighing up a move for the 23-year-old but opted out of doing so in the end. Furthermore, the outlet are also claiming that QPR were interested in bringing Shackleton back to London on a temporary basis.
Leeds United were asking for a loan fee which killed Gareth Ainsworth’s chances of signing Shackleton for the rest of the campaign, meaning the player would remain with his parent club until January at the earliest.
Shackleton back in Leeds’ plans?
Head coach Daniel Farke has found use for Shackleton at Elland Road, making him an important squad player this term. The German admitted this after Leeds’ recent defeat to Salford City in the EFL Cup [quotes via The Yorkshire Post]:
“I really love Jamie. He’s sometimes really underrated because he can play all positions.
“Wherever he plays, he’s always reliable, always solid, always a good teammate, gives us everything. He’s an unbelievable piece of our squad and I’m really happy to have him.”
Shackleton is a reliable player, somebody who gives his all for the club and can play in a variety of different positions. While he may not be the best in the ranks, Shackleton is the type of player that every successful team needs.
It’s certainly a good thing that he has stuck around for the next few months, although he certainly could have done a great job for Rangers or QPR.