Millwall boss Gary Rowett has told the South London Press that Leeds United man Jamie Shackleton has been “unfortunate” during his loan spell with the Championship side – having been signed for a different formation.

Shackleton, 23, has clocked up 36 outings for Rowett’s side this season as they go into the final two fixtures of the Championship season – with a place in the play-offs a real possibility. But he has started only 17 of those matches.

Millwall have the option to sign Shackleton permanently this summer, with his Leeds contract due to expire at the end of the season. His chances of adding to his 79 Leeds outings is unlikely – and he needs to a permanent home.

But Rowett’s comments suggest that they may decide not to take up his permanent clause in the coming weeks and months. He says that Shackleton was signed for a 5-3-2 formation, but Millwall changed to a four-man defence.

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“A very, very good player. He’s been unfortunate as we recruited for a 5-3-2. We were looking for different energy in midfield. He can play right-wing back or midfield, so changing to a four at the back has limited his opportunities.

“He got back in the team and did really well. But was then ill. He’s been very unfortunate. He’s a really good lad who has been unlucky. I appreciate he’s probably sat there with the loan not quite being what hoped it would be.”

Millwall boss Rowett says Leeds man Shackleton has been unfortunate

So, a permanent move to Millwall looks unlikely. Shackleton’s agent Hayden Evans recently spoke to the Athletic podcast – stating that he will need to find his client a permanent move. Even with the Millwall clause, it is unlikely.

Even if Millwall want to sign Shackleton beyond the summer, it is probably a case in which Shackleton would rather somewhere else. He will not want to join a club where he has sat on the bench for the entire season. One to watch.

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