Jack Jenkins starred once again for Mark Jackson’s Leeds United Under-23 side on Sunday afternoon as the Whites produced a stunning performance to beat Crystal Palace’s second string 4-1 – and Whites fans have applauded the midfielder.
The Whites moved to level points with Premier League 2 Division 2 leaders Middlesbrough thanks to the emphatic win. Summer signing Joe Gelhardt netted a brace for the club’s reserve team, while Cody Drameh and a late Max Dean strike secured victory.
Jenkins has emerged this season as a permanent fixture of the side, after being in and out of the team last term under now-Huddersfield Town boss Carlos Corberan. Of the club’s seven Under-23 league games, Jenkins has played six times.
The midfielder laid on assists in the wins over Sunderland and then Middlesbrough, and continued his excellent form for Jackson’s men on Sunday. Leeds lack a holding midfielder to cover Kalvin Phillips, but one could be emerging.
Alfie McCalmont has gone on loan to Oldham and while thr hype is big surrounding the Northern Irishman, he is yet to build on that potential. Indeed, Jenkins is earning plaudits for his performances, and he might just overtake McCalmont.
Leeds supporters have reacted on Twitter to Jenkins’ excellent effort against Palace as the Eagles were outclassed by Leeds. Many have heaped praise on the teenager, with one fan saying Jenkins has a “right engine on him”.
Have been watching the snoozefest that is Newcastle v Everton but have seen plenty of praise for Jack Jenkins in the middle.
— Joe Donnohue (@JoeDonnohue) November 1, 2020
Jack Jenkins is such a baller⚽🏴
So many of our u23s look class😍
— Ro 🇮🇨 (@RoLUFC) November 1, 2020
Bossing it today
— Thomas Hill (@Hilly15) November 1, 2020
Jack Jenkins has a right engine on him. Everywhere for the U23s s 😍
— Nick el Bielsista 🏆’20 (@NickoSlick_LUFC) November 1, 2020
#Lufcu23 Jack Jenkins is my prediction to be the next big star. Seen him a few times now, always dominates the midfield.
— Ty Baird (@tybilly1) November 1, 2020
timeline full of Jenkins fans. Deserves it. For me he’s been the most consistent member of the u23 team over the last year and showing exactly why he now trains as a first team player. #lufc
— ⓓⓔⓐⓝ (@deancore) November 1, 2020
Leeds have had high hopes for this kid since he was 8 got told last season he’s being fast tracked for the first team his all round game is solid his passing game is quality can pass it
Long and short ether side of the pitch
— prem kenny brown💛🤍💙🏆 (@kennybrown1964) November 1, 2020
One of the best he leap frogged mccalmont last year imo
— Jordan Townend 🏆 (@AllwaysLeeds) November 1, 2020