Leeds United were dealt a big blow this week, with the news that Mark Jackson has left the club to become the new manager of League One side MK Dons.

Jackson was clearly a hugely popular figure at Elland Road, working his way all the up until he was ultimately promoted to the first-team coaching staff by Jesse Marsch.

He joins an MK Dons side which is struggling right now. They sit third from bottom in the third tier. And they have only won one league game since the end of October.

The January transfer window is just around the corner. And so it would be no surprise to see Jackson utilise his contacts to bring in some players from Leeds.

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Leeds meanwhile, will surely be only too happy to send some players to Stadium: MK, knowing that they can trust Jackson to help those who make the move.

With that in mind, here are three names who perhaps need to get the chance to join Jackson in January…

Amari Miller

Amari Miller has become something of a forgotten man this season. The young winger is yet to make a single Premier League squad and he has not scored or provided an assist for the under-21s in Premier League 2.

He is someone with the talent to really kick on however. And he also has experience of playing in the Championship. So getting a consistent run of games in League One could be perfect for the 20-year-old.

Sean McGurk

Sean McGurk is another who has not yet been able to take that next step. And it is probably doing him few favours that the under-21s are now a level below where they were last year.

Like Charlie Cresswell, he is too good for that league. So a loan move will surely be on the radar in January.

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Joe Gelhardt

This really is a curveball. In truth, Gelhardt should obviously be playing at a higher level than League One. However, it is fair to say that this season really has not gone right for the young forward.

He simply needs a big boost to his confidence. And a spell with MK Dons would have the potential to deliver exactly that. He could easily be one of those players who returns with an absolutely remarkable record.

There will be offers from the Championship. But so much of Gelhardt’s game is already there. Working with Jackson at a lower level has the potential to be a masterstroke.

Admittedly, this is on the assumption that Leeds sign a player who can play as a striker next month.

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