Jamie Shackleton

Jamie Stuart Shackleton (born 8 October 1999) is an English professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Leeds United as a central midfielder. He can also play as a right-back. He also represents the England national under-20 team.

Jamie Shackleton
Personal information
Full name Jamie Stuart Shackleton[1]
Date of birth (1999-10-08) 8 October 1999 (age 21)[2]
Place of birth Leeds, England
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[2]
Position(s) Central midfielder, right-back
Club information
Current team
Leeds United
Number 46
Youth career
0000–2006 Kippax Athletic
2006–2018 Leeds United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018– Leeds United 53 (2)
National team
2019–2020 England U20 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 February 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:37, 11 June 2019 (UTC)

A graduate of the Leeds United academy, Shackleton was part of the Leeds United team which won the EFL Championship in 2019–20 to gain promotion to the Premier League for the first time in 16 years.

Early life and education

Born in Leeds,[3] Shackleton attended Lady Elizabeth Hastings Primary School and later St Wilfrid's Catholic High School in Featherstone.[4][5]

Club career

After playing youth football with Kippax Athletic, he joined Leeds United's youth academy aged seven and signed his first forms with the club aged nine.[6] He made his U23 debut at the start of the 2016–17 season.[citation needed] In October 2016, former academy director Neil Redfearn praised him as one of the most promising talents at the club, stating that: "I think he's a good footballer, he's got great feet. He's not the biggest, but he's very tenacious. He reads the game well."[6][7] In the summer of 2017, Shackleton signed a two-year professional contract with Leeds United.[8] On 8 May 2018, he was named in Leeds' first team squad by head coach Paul Heckingbottom for their post-season friendlies tour to Myanmar.[9] He made his first start for Leeds' first team in a pre-season friendly 1–1 draw against York City on 20 July 2018, under recently appointed Leeds' head coach Marcelo Bielsa.[10][11] During the pre-season, Shackleton played in a right-back position, as opposed to the central midfielder role he had typically occupied during his youth career.[6]

Shackleton was given the number 46 shirt for the 2018–19 season,[12] and his first call up to a first-team squad came on 11 August 2018, when he was named on the bench against Derby County;[13] he made his debut in the 4–1 win after coming on as a substitute.[13][14] On 13 August 2018, two days after his professional debut, Shackleton signed a three-year contract extension with Leeds United.[13][14] Shackleton made his first start for Leeds the following day in an EFL Cup match against Bolton Wanderers, which Leeds won 2–1, with Shackleton playing as a right-back.[15] He made his full league debut the following week, starting at right back away to Swansea City after replacing captain Liam Cooper who had been injured during warm-up; he assisted Kemar Roofe for Leeds United's first goal in a 2–2 draw.[16] As the season progressed, the majority of Shackleton's appearances would come as a substitute,[6] with 16 of his 19 league appearances during the regular season coming as a substitute,[3] including an appearance as an injury-time substitute against West Bromwich Albion on 1 March 2019 where he managed to assist Ezgjan Alioski for the final goal in a 4–0 win.[17] Leeds finished the regular season in third place after dropping out of the automatic promotion places with three games left after a defeat to 10 man Wigan Athletic on 19 April.[18][19] As a result of their third place finish, Leeds qualified for the promotion play-offs with Shackleton coming on as a first-half substitute for the injured Adam Forshaw in the first leg of their semi-final against Derby County; a match which Leeds won 1–0.[6][20] With Forshaw still injured, Shackleton started the second leg as Leeds lost 4–2 as Derby progressed to the final against Aston Villa.[6][21] He was one of three players nominated for the club's Young Player Of The Season award for the 2018–19 season alongside Tyler Roberts and Jack Clarke, but lost out on the award with Jack Clarke receiving the award at the club's annual ceremony in April 2019.[22]

Despite being in Marcelo Bielsa's starting XI for much of the beginning of the 2019–20 season, Shackleton became the manager's late-game direct replacement for Pablo Hernández and, to a lesser extent, Mateusz Klich as the season wore on. Named in the starting team against Derby County in the penultimate game of the season on 19 July 2020, Shackleton scored his first league goal for the club at Pride Park in Leeds' 3–1 win, their first game after being confirmed champions of the Championship.[23] Within days he had netted his second goal — against Charlton Athletic (as a substitute for Hernández), which would prove to be Leeds’ final goal scored in the 2019–20 campaign.[24] The 2019–20 season saw Leeds promoted to the Premier League after finishing top of the Championship on 93 points, 10 points clear of second-placed West Bromwich Albion.[25][26]

In August 2020, Shackleton signed a new four-year contract with Leeds.[27] Shackleton made his Premier League debut in the first match of the season against Liverpool on 12 September 2020, coming on as a substitute in the 4–3 defeat at Anfield to the reigning champions.[28][29]

International career

Shackleton received his first call-up to the England U20 squad for the 2019 Toulon Tournament as a replacement for Aston Villa's Easah Suliman[30] and made his debut during the 3–2 defeat to Portugal on 4 June 2019.[31]

Style of play

Shackleton can play as a central midfielder or as a right-back.[4][6] Shackelton is known for his pace, with Joe Urquhart of the Yorkshire Evening Post writing that "his feet scarcely seem to touch the turf when he skims across it".[4]


In October 2018, Shackleton revealed he was going to undertake his UEFA B Licence in coaching despite being only 19 years of age.[32]

Career statistics

As of match played 14 February 2021[3]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Leeds United 2018–19 Championship 19010202[lower-alpha 1]0240
2019–20 Championship 222002000242
2020–21 Premier League 110101000130
Total 522205020612
Leeds United U21 2020–21 1[lower-alpha 2]010
Career total 522205030622
  1. Appearance(s) in the Championship play-offs
  2. Appearance(s) in EFL Trophy


Leeds United


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