After a good start under a new manager, the mood is certainly positive around Leeds United. It looks like this will be beneficial for one young Irishman in particular with Conor Shaughnessy singled out for praise by new boss Marcelo Bielsa.
Shaughnessy is in his third season at 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.
Bielsa was appointed Leeds boss last June and secured a 3-1 victory over Stoke City in his first competitive game. This Saturday they take on Derby County and prior to that Bielsa was asked about the younger players in the squad who have impressed.
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
Shaughnessy turned 22 last month and has played as both a central midfielder and centre-back for the club. With Leeds much fancied to make a promotion push, it appears the Irishman could have a significant role in that.