Leeds to turn to Jenas in search of quality midfield option
Former Newcastle star deemed surplus to AVB's requirements
Promotion chasing Leeds United are thought to be leading the chase for Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas and could complete a loan deal until January in the next few days.
The Yorkshire club are 7/2 to bring Premier League football back to Elland Road at the end of the cmapaign and a proven top-level talent such as Jenas can only help their cause.
The 29-year-old has been told he does not figure in Andre Villas Boas’ first-team plans and saw a similar move to Sunderland collapse on deadline day.
Jenas, capped 21 times by England, should prove an excellent addition to a midfield lacking in creativity following the departures of Adam Clayton and Robert Snodgrass, yet his work ethic and inexhaustible energy levels will see him fit snugly into the current fold.
A ruptured achilles tendon hampered the former Newcastle and Nottingham Forest man’s loan spell at Aston Villa last term – restricting him to just three appearances – and a four-month stint in the Championship could provide the perfect career revival platform.
He started his career in the second tier as an 18-year-old where an impressive half-season was enough to tempt Newcastle to part with £5m for his signature.
This shows that, firstly, Jenas has the ability required to succeed at this level and is also familiar with the Championship’s occasionally attritional tendencies, which has proven a thorn in the side of unsuspecting players dropping down from the Premier League before.
After a solid start, Leeds sit seventh in the Championship table on as many points and, with games against Cardiff, Hull and Nottingham Forest next up, they now have a realistic chance to steal a march on their promotion rivals in their early exchanges of the season.
Acquiring a player of international calibre could make the difference between Leeds and the long list of sides who all consider themselves knee-deep in what is sure to be the messiest Championship promotion tussle to date.
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