Carl Jenkinson hasn’t enjoyed much success over the past three seasons, making just 22 first-team appearances (Arsenal and Birmingham City combined, calculated on Transfermarkt). However, seeing as he’s still only 27-years-old, he could make a great addition at Parkhead, and here’s why.
You Bhoys need to start preparing yourself for the exit of Kieran Tierney if you haven’t done so already, as the deal for him to leave for Arsenal may be edging closer with negotiations reportedly (as per Evening Standard) ongoing. It might not be too bad, though, should Lennon benefit by bringing in Jenkinson, as Football Insider have claimed that the Hoops are interested in the defender.
It makes sense for all parties this one too. Tierney, having starred for the Hoops in their treble-treble, looks ready to step up to the Premier League, especially after being one of their highest rated players in last season’s Europa League campaign, via WhoScored. Then there’s Arsenal who need to make changes if they are to challenge for a top four spot after shipping 12 goals more than fourth-placed Spurs last season, and the pair could work well together.
Then we come across to the Celtic side of things. We already know that Mikael Lustig has left Parkhead to join Gent on a three-year deal (BBC), but with Tierney also potentially leaving and Emilio Izaguirre departing as his contract expires (Daily Record in May), full-backs are a necessity. With that in mind, bringing one in as part of the Tierney exit is a masterstroke.
Granted, it may be Jenkinson who hasn’t proved to be the most amazing player over his eight-year Arsenal spell, a lot of which he’s been anonymous for, but he can still play. His £45,000 per week wages, Spotrac, will need revising in Glasgow, but we’ve seen that he can still do a job when fit and firing, as he helped the Gunners keep clean sheets in four of his eight senior appearances in the season just gone. Also, his versatility could help a Celtic side that are still trying to get over Dedryck Boyata’s departure. He can play anywhere across the back four, at left-back, centre-back and of course at right-back, according to Transfermarkt, so he could be useful.
Celtic fans, would you be happy signing Carl Jenkinson? Let us know, comment below!