ONLY in pre-season could a player face Benfica one day and Hungerford Town 72 hours later.

That was Jodi Jones’ schedule earlier this week as the winger went on trial at Reading before returning to Oxford United, who he trained with in Spain last month.

When it emerged he had joined the U’s on their pre-season camp, many pointed to the 24-year-old’s injury record – as you would with someone who has played 14 competitive games in three seasons.

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The fanbase was split, but as soon as Jones went on trial with a higher-division club he instantly became a more attractive prospect. In football, like all walks of life, you always want something more when you do not have it.

Jones' standing was then enhanced by a lively 60 minutes at Hungerford and his goal at Eastleigh as he illustrated his ability and, more importantly, his fitness.

The winger also impressed with his attitude, particularly in an inexperienced starting XI in the first of the two games.

Jones will have won round a few people with his performances, which shows the value of waiting to form an opinion.

The same could be true of Jerome Sinclair. It is safe to say the striker still has to convince many fans and it will be interesting to see if he faces Coventry City tomorrow.

The 25-year-old will also hope to change opinions in the coming weeks. If he does stick around supporters will need to be patient, something that is in short supply right now.

United's lack of transfer activity is well-documented and with two weeks until the start of the Sky Bet League One season you can see why people want instant hits.

Sinclair is not that player, but he needs a chance to prove himself.