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Jenkins could be on his way from Watford to augment Pilgrims' midfield

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 21, 2012

Watford midfielder Ross Jenkins (left) has been linked with Plymouth Argyle

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Watford midfielder Ross Jenkins is being tipped for a loan move to Plymouth Argyle.

The Pilgrims declined to comment last night on the speculation about the 21-year-old, who has fallen out of favour at the npower Championship side this season after the appointment of Gianfranco Zola as their manager.

Argyle are short on options in midfield, following the groin injury sustained by Paul Wotton in the 3-1 League Two defeat by Port Vale at Home Park last Saturday.

Jenkins has made 66 starts and 15 substitute appearances for Watford in the Championship, after being given his debut as a 17-year-old Academy scholar in August 2008.

An Italian takeover of Watford earlier this year led to manager Sean Dyche being replaced by Zola, the former Chelsea midfielder and one-time West Ham United boss.

Jenkins has played only once for the Hornets this season, when he started a 2-1 home defeat by Bradford City in the Capital One Cup second round on August 28.

Meanwhile, midfielder Luke Young has promised Argyle will "start afresh" when they take on Morecambe at the Globe Arena tomorrow (3pm).

It has been a frustrating week for the Pilgrims, who have led 1-0 at half-time in two home games but failed to win either of them.

They have slipped to 19th position in League Two after losing to Port Vale and then drawing 1-1 with Bristol Rovers on Tuesday.

Young insisted Argyle would look to learn from the lessons of those matches and take it into their fixture at Morecambe. The Globe Arena holds happy memories for the 19-year-old midfielder as he scored the Pilgrims' first goal when they drew 2-2 on their last visit at the end of April.

Young said: "Getting a goal is always nice, and I think we put in a good steady performance that day.

"We want to build on the positives from Tuesday and try to draw a line under the negatives, and start afresh again. Hopefully, we can go out there and put in a good performance and get the three points."

Young is enjoying being encouraged to pass the ball as much as possible by manager Carl Fletcher. The Pilgrims' boss wants to see his side adopt a more constructive, thoughtful approach this season, after their brush with relegation from League Two last term.

Young has welcomed that shift in style, even though Argyle's results have been mixed, with one win and three draws from their first seven League games.

Young, who stepped up to the Pilgrims' professional ranks last summer after graduating from the youth set-up, is suited to passing the ball. He said: "The gaffer wants us to pass it and keep it on the floor as much as we can.

"We are doing the right things on the ball, it's just off the ball we have got to do a little bit better, me included.

"It's just trying to get that consistency between doing the right things on and off the ball and, hopefully, the goals will come from there."

Argyle's passing in the first half of their game against Port Vale was as good as has been seen at Home Park in recent times. But they lost their way after the break and ended up being beaten. They then struggled to find any fluency in the draw with Bristol Rovers.

Young said: "The gaffer wants us to pass the ball, and I think that's the way the lads want to play. When it comes off, it's good to watch."

The Plymouth-born midfield prospect, who comes from Southway, was Argyle's young player-of-the-year for 2011-12. He has gone on to play in every first-team match this season, making seven starts and two substitute appearances.

Young said: "At my age, it's nice to try to play first-team football. You are learning new things every day. To play games at a club like this, and in my home town as well, makes it even more special for me."

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