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Jack Jenkins at Salford City: How’s it going? Is he a guaranteed starter yet? How will Leeds United view the deal now?

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Among the many players to have departed Leeds United during the summer transfer window, was Jack Jenkins.

Having come through the youth ranks with the Whites, the midfielder made his first-team debut for the Elland Road club in the FA Cup defeat at Crawley in January 2021.

With that his only senior appearance for the club to date, the 20-year-old was sent out on a season-long loan to League Two side Salford City in the summer, with the hope of getting more first-team experience.

So with Leeds fans no doubt to keen to keep an eye on how some of their prospects are doing away from the club, we’ve taken a look at some of the big questions about Jenkins’ time at Salford so far, right here.

How’s it going?

So far, it has been a rather frustrating time for Jenkins from a personal perspective.

The midfielder has yet to make his league debut for Salford, instead managing just two cup appearances for the Ammies.

Both of those came in the group stage of the EFL Trophy, where he did at least manage to get his first senior goal in a 2-1 win over Liverpool’s Under 21s.

Beyond that, the season has started well for Salford as a whole, with a 2-1 win at Sutton United on Saturday leaving them fifth in the League Two table, with 20 points from ten league games.

Is he a guaranteed starter yet?

Given he is yet to make a league appearance for Salford, clearly not.

Indeed, with Neil Wood’s side starting the season so well, it may be difficult for Jenkins to change that any time soon, given they may be reluctant to alter a winning formula.

However, given he has been on the bench for all five league games Salford have played since he joined in late August, the 20-year-old may not be too far away from an opportunity should things change in terms of form or availability.

As a result, it does look as though the midfielder may have to bide his time and be patient in waiting to get his chance to make an impact at the Peninsula Stadium.

How will Leeds United view the deal now?

Ultimately, it is hard not to imagine that Leeds will be disappointed with how this move has gone so far.

Given the stage of his career Jenkins is at, they will have wanted him to enjoy regular game time at Salford as the next stage of his progression.

That is obviously not happening right now, so there may be some concerns over whether they have picked the right destination for him.

However, the fact that when he does get his chance, he will get the experience of playing for a team expected to perform well in a promotion battle, could at least be a positive from their perspective.

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UCLan Sports Journalism graduate. Have been working for Leeds All Over since summer 2020, and can only be found writing on Football League World.