New Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has opted to start Conor Shaughnessy for tonight's League Cup clash with Preston North End at Ellan Road.
The highly rated Shaughnessy is in his third season at the club. The Galway native turned 22 last month and has played as both a central midfielder and centre-back for the club. He enjoyed a promising debut year but suffered a serious ankle injury which scuppered last season's progress. He has represented Ireland at all levels from U15 to U21 and now looks set for a breakout year in the Championship.
Earlier this season Biesla publicly praised the Irishman and promised him game time.
Bielsa expects them to get a decent amount of game time this season. "You always have players missing for injuries or because they were sent off. Then, the youngsters go to the group of 18 players. To be in that group means you can play."
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) August 9, 2018
He is set to play at centre-back for tonight's game in what is a strong looking Leeds United side.
📋 | Tonight's #LUFC Starting XI presented by @Ladbrokes:
Blackman, Pearce, Shaughnessy, Jansson, Shackleton, Baker, Phillips, Harrison, Dallas (c), Roberts, Bamford pic.twitter.com/nrlMhWPNQ3
— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 28, 2018
As for their opponents, Preston North End have selected Irish duo Alan Browne and Graham Burke on the bench.