Leeds may need to review Jack Jenkins' loan deal in January - TBR View
After overhauling their midfield options during the summer, it was probably not a huge surprise to see Leeds United let Jack Jenkins leave on loan before the deadline passed.
Jenkins had been a stalwart of the under-23 side for a number of years. And the 20-year-old got the chance to make his debut for the first-team on that miserable day when Leeds faced Crawley in the FA Cup.
Marcelo Bielsa was an admirer of the midfielder. He famously picked Jenkins ahead of Pablo Hernandez on the bench for a trip to Crystal Palace in Leeds’ first season back in the top-flight.
Unfortunately, from the outside, it appears that the youngster faces a huge task trying to make the grade at Leeds.
Jesse Marsch now has Tyler Adams, Marc Roca and Adam Forshaw as his frontline options. Meanwhile, the likes of Sam Greenwood and Mateusz Klich have experience in the deeper role.
And it does appear that Leeds have a special talent on their hands with Darko Gyabi.
Jenkins’ game looked to move a step forward at the start of last season. He looked stronger and more confident. So it is not out of the question that he could yet prove himself with his parent club.
What he probably does not need however, is to struggle for game-time out on loan. Unfortunately, that is what has been happening so far since he joined Salford City.
Leeds may need to review Jack Jenkins’ loan in January
Jenkins is yet to make his League Two debut, proving to be an unused substitute in their five league games since his move.
He has featured in both of their EFL Trophy games. But with Salford making a promising start to the season, Neil Wood will be wary of making too many changes.
Should his struggles for game-time persist, Jenkins’ situation will need to be looked at in January.
Jenkins potentially finds himself in a crucial period in his Leeds career. He cannot afford to spend a season on the periphery.
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