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Leeds extending starlet's deal makes sense amid Adam Forshaw blow

Leeds United gave their supporters something to smile about this week with the news that Jack Jenkins has extended his contract at Elland Road until 2024.

What’s the story?

Jenkins is one of several under-23 players seemingly straddling the line between Mark Jackson’s ranks and Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team.

He made his debut in the FA Cup tie at Crawley at the start of the year. But he was also the player Bielsa named on the bench instead of Pablo Hernandez for last season’s trip to Crystal Palace.

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And in truth, the 19-year-old looks to have found another gear this season. He has been outstanding in the early weeks of the campaign.

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So it looks to be an incredibly wise decision to hand the teenager a new contract.

Unfortunately, it already appears that Leeds have been somewhat vindicated for wanting to extend Jenkins’s terms.

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In the wake of Saturday’s loss to West Ham, Bielsa confirmed that Adam Forshaw has suffered a further setback in his comeback from injury.

It is a devastating piece of news. Forshaw appears to have come so close to getting back. He featured in the Carabao Cup win at Fulham last week.

The slight reason for encouragement is Bielsa has hinted that it is quite a normal injury for a player who has been out as long as Forshaw has. But the 29-year-old is now expected to need around a month to recover.

And with that, it becomes slightly harder to envisage Forshaw regaining a regular spot in the Leeds side.

Relying on him becomes incredibly difficult. And with his contract expiring next summer, all parties face some potentially tough decisions on his future.

Jenkins deal important as Bielsa confirms Forshaw blow for Leeds

Of course, there is a lot of unrest over the club’s inability to sign a midfielder in the summer.

And Andrea Radrizzani seemingly did little to help by recently suggesting that Forshaw was the answer to those issues in the middle of the park.

But Jenkins has started the season superbly. And the decision to hand him a new contract looks to be even more important with Forshaw needing a little longer.

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