Carl Jenkinson has suggested that he may like to make his loan move to West Ham a permanent one in the summer.
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According to the Daily Star, the 23-year-old – who is also wanted by Liverpool – believes that the move to Upton Park was the right one, and has therefore left him thinking about his long-term future.
“West Ham has been perfect for me and I’ve loved every minute. It’s definitely a place I’d consider staying but the ball is in Arsenal’s court,” he said.
However, here are five reasons why losing Jenkinson would not be the worst thing.
He’s not young
At 23, he is starting to reach the point where the modern full-back – who darts down the line, and acts almost as a second winger – stops developing. He has missed out on a season of being around a side challenging for honours at this stage in the campaign, and instead is stagnating in mid-table.
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He’s looked shaky for us
When he was given a chance for us, it has usually been because of injuries and suspensions. The performance against Manchester United in 2011, when we lost 8-2 and the full-back was sent off proved that he is not one for the big game.
We’ve got better options already
We’ve already got five first-team full-backs that would all be the envy of most Premier League sides. It would be difficult to argue that Jenkinson would get in our team ahead of any of them.
Plus, the Metro reported earlier this week that we may be adding the exciting Jose Luis Gaya from Valencia, sending him even further down the pecking order.
West Ham’s form
There is no question that West Ham – along with Southampton – were the surprise package of the season. Sam Allardyce’s men sat in the top four on Christmas Day. But since then, they’ve won just twice in the league and have slid down the table. The only reason they haven’t fallen further is because of their goalkeeper Adrian, who has made plenty of scores look more respectable than they should have been.
Liverpool’s taste in defenders is shocking
If Liverpool want him, alarm bells should be ringing. Apart from Emre Can perhaps, they have made some awful signings at the back. For example, Dejan Lovren would not have justified a free transfer with his performances this season, let alone a £20m deal.