Leeds’ academy has produced some pretty top players over the years, and some pretty tough ones too.
They don’t make them soft up there, which is why it’s interesting to hear one of Thorp Arch’s latest impressive graduates name a Chelsea player as their toughest opposition.
Asked by Leeds’ official site who he had the trickiest time marking in his short career so far, young midfielder Jamie Shackleton named Blues hitman Tammy Abraham as his choice.
“Probably Tammy Abraham, he was really difficult to mark,” the 20 year old Whites midfielder commented.
The pair faced off in the Championship last season, in 3-2 thriller won by the Yorkshire team, with Shackleton coming on as a sub.
It was in that time that he got to grips with Tammy, and just as several Premier League defenders have found since, he’s a tough man to get close to.
He’s tall and strong and is all arms and legs when you try to get close. We’ve seen him lever top players off the ball, so no wonder Shackleton struggled.