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Leeds United switch will be good for Jermaine Jenas

Jermaine Jenas

The Tottenham Hotspur outcast is tipped to join Leeds United on loan this month, it would be a good move for him.

Jermaine Jenas may see himself as a Premier League footballer, but if he is really to kickstart his career, he needs to accept that he must take a step back in order to move forward.

Even before the injury which wiped out his season last year, Jenas' Spurs career was on a downwards trajectory. No longer seen as a first choice player, he was loaned out to Aston Villa to try and gain first team football.

He played just 108 minutes in the Premier League for Villa thanks to an Achilles injury which made the loan switch a write-off.

Now back at Spurs he needs to make up for lost time and get his career back on track, but does not look to be a big part of Andre Villas-Boas plans moving forward.

He almost signed with Sunderland on deadline day, but an agreement could not be struck, and has played just 15 minutes as a substitute for Spurs this season.

The latest reports have suggested Jenas will be loaned to Leeds United. This could be just what he needs to reinvigorate his career.

Let's face it if he stays at Spurs, he will spend most of his time on the bench or in the stands, and be left with the odd substitute appearance.

After barely playing any competitive football last season he cannot afford this season to go to waste too. It may be a step 'down' into the Championship, but it will give him a chance to work his way back to form and even convince a Premier League team to give him another shot.

If he doesn't take it, the Football League could end up as his destination next summer, on a more permanent basis.

Leeds are a big club with a large following and despite the opposition, when he gets playing at Elland Road, the buzz of the crowd will help him be convinced he made the right choice.

Neil Warnock is a good motivator of players, and knows what it takes to win promotion from the Championship, having done so with both QPR and Sheffield United. This could be his last challenge and he will be determined to succeed.

Warnock can be of benefit to Jenas, and Jenas can be of benefit to Warnock if he recaptures the form which once made him one of England's brightest prospects. It might not be plain sailing, but surely there is more excitement and challenge in it for the player than a season of frustration on the bench in the Premier League?

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