Swindon Town have been trusted with the development of Leeds United winger, Jordan Stevens, with the Whites keeping a watchful eye on his League One career.
Leeds’ promotion into the Premier League means that there’s been an opportunity offered to the likes of Stevens.
Like a lot of his peers, he’s out on loan in the EFL and he’s currently playing for former Leeds man, John Sheridan, at Swindon.
The 20-year-old made the perfect start to his Swindon career as well, scoring in a 4-2 win over Burton Albion on debut.
An assist has followed, but things have got that little bit inconsistent for the winger as Swindon have changed managers and appointed Sheridan.
However, he’s still pieced together 10 League One appearances, with the latest of those coming on Saturday as Swindon got the better of Oxford United.
Football League World’s Editor in Chief, Sam Rourke, was at the Kassam Stadium to witness Swindon’s 2-1 victory and he had an eye on Stevens.
His report told us: “I was intrigued to see more of Jordan Stevens on Saturday at the Kassam, having heard good things from several Leeds United fans.
“He ended up playing 60 minutes for John Sheridan’s side and in the first-half, looked like one of the Robins’ most productive attacking threats, with his pace and guile down the right-flank causing the Oxford left-back several issues.
“Stevens had one clear-cut chance in the first-half to put Swindon in front after getting in behind Oxford’s defence but badly skewed his shot wide, his age and rawness in front of goal perhaps showing there.
“Ultimately though, apart from that chance in the first-half, the game did seem to pass him by and his pass success rate of just 33.3% from the game doesn’t make for fantastic reading.
“It was clear though, he is a player who simply needs game-time to continue his development in the game, though is a player who has the foundations in place, in-terms of his physical qualities, to really kick on.”
There are another couple of away fixtures for Swindon to contend with in the coming week, with Sheridan’s side travelling to Crewe and then Gillingham for a Tuesday-Saturday doubleheader.
Stevens will hope he can stay in the starting line-up and convince Sheridan he’s worth a regular slot on the right.
Sheridan was one young player who made a name for himself at Elland Road and now the pressure of Stevens’ development falls at his door.
Leeds’ eye will be watchful heading into the New Year.