Carl Jenkinson rejected a Premier League club in order to move to Nottingham Forest, the player himself has revealed.
The 27-year-old moved from North London club Arsenal in a deal worth up to £2m after being left impressed by manager Sabri Lamouchi.
In an interview, Jenkinson said: “I had a few other options – two abroad and one more over here. The one over here was in the Premier League, but I had my reservations as to whether I would have been first-choice and playing every week”
“The way things all panned out, it turned out to be quite an easy decision because I’m hopeful that I’ll play regularly here.
“And I’ll be playing for a big club which is aspiring to get to the top again, so I feel like that’s going to be an exciting thing to be part of.” (Source: Nottinghamshire Live)
Jenkinson has endured a tough time with both injuries and a lack of playing time in recent seasons. In the last two seasons at Arsenal, the England international has played just 30 games since the 2016/2017 season, as well as suffering three separate injuries which have kept him out for a stunning 482 days since the 2015/2016 season (via Transfermarkt).
Meanwhile, Matthew Cash has been placed at right-back for the start of the Championship season, and he is having a good impact. The 22-year-old has put in an all-round performance at fullback, making the most clearances per game so far, as well as scoring a goal and playing the joint-most key passes per game (1.5) (via WhoScored).
Cash could retain his starting slot at right-back for the foreseeable future due to a mixture of his performances so far this season and Jenkinson’s lack of action in the past few seasons.
The Championship can be a very tough league to defend in, and if you haven’t been playing regularly then you can get punished. Last season, the least amount of goals conceded was a mass 41, showing the attacking intent of the 24 teams in the division.
Jenkinson has been unlucky at Arsenal due to injuries, but he doesn’t deserve to start at Nottingham Forest right away purely because he came from the Premier League.
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