Whelan amazed by what he's seen from Leeds starlet Jenkins as footage emerges
Noel Whelan has raved over the performance of Jack Jenkins after Leeds United under-23s beat Crystal Palace on Monday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker insisted the midfielder showed a talent and maturity beyond his years against the Eagles.
Jenkins, 19, set up Crysencio Summerville for Leeds under-23s’ opener in Monday’s 3-1 win over Palace.
The midfielder received the ball off Lewis Bate and quickly hit a perfectly weighted cross-field pass for the winger to latch onto and score.
Whelan, who is an ambassador for Leeds and the club’s foundation, suggested Jenkins would be a “joy” to play with as an attacker.
“You’re looking at young players but they’ve got experienced heads on their shoulders,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
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“For someone so young to be able to dictate the pace and tempo of a game and control that midfield area goes to show that he’s got that football intelligence that you need.
“Good players seem to find that time on the ball and can speed up the game when need be. They can find that killer pass when they have to, like he did for the goal for Summerville.
“That’s what people like to see. It’s not 100-miles-per-hour. He can speed up when he needs to speed it up, he can slow it down when he needs to slow it down.
“He’s got that eye for a pass as well and for a forward line, with a player like that, it must be a joy. You know when you make that run, you get that ball.”
Jenkins made his first-team debut against Crawley Town in the FA Cup last season.
He is yet to make a league appearance but was on the substitutes’ bench regularly last term.
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