Leeds United Playing Squad for the Relegation 2003-04 Season
Jermaine Pennant Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
International: England U-21
The Nottingham-born 20-year-old joined Leeds United on a two month loan period from Arsenal on Wednesday 20th August, having been sent off in the England Under-21's against Croatia the previous night! He is due to return to Highbury on October 19, but cannot play in any Carling Cup games.
Jermaine has not made an impact on Arsenal's squad of internaionals since joining the club for £2 million from Notts County, a record fee for a teenager, set by a tribunal much to Arsenal's chagrin, five years ago! Jermaine has only started one Premiership game for the Gunners but he did score a hat-trick against Southampton!
For Leeds Utd fans, impressed by the young man's performances so far this season, the good news is that Pennant spent two spells on loan with First Division Watford last season and admitted earlier this year that he might have to consider a permanent move to further his career! But whether Leeds could afford him is another matter, perhaps the most for which we can hope is an extension to the two month loan period. In the meantime, let's enjoy Jermaine's contributions to the cause.
UPDATE: The Yorkshire Evening Post revealed on 8th Oct, 2003 that Jody Morris was arrested on Tuesday 7th Oct, at the Leeds United training ground at Thorpe Arch, for questioning by Police investigating a serious sexual assault on a 20 year-old female in a lay-by on the A58, near Collingham, on Monday night. Jermaine Pennant was also questioned by West Yorkshire Police at the ground but he was not arrested. Eventually the charges against Morris were dropped.
Update 13th May, 2004: Arsenal allowed Jermaine to play the whole season for Leeds United and he was a constant first team choice under manager Eddie Gray. Jermaine was popular with the Elland Road crowd and many hoped that he could make a permanent move to Leeds. Doubtless it will be a few years before we see the same talent on the Elland Road pitch in a white shirt.