According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror, West Brom’s interest in Carl Jenkinson looks set to fall by the wayside. The right back currently plays his football at Premier League giants Arsenal and has done so since leaving Charlton Athletic back in 2011, although struggles for regular game time in recent years has called into question his future at the Emirates Stadium.
Yet a recent report from The Daily Mirror suggests that Gunners manager Unai Emery is seeking to retain the one-time England international for the second half of the 2018/19 season, which as such looks set to thwart Darren Moore’s West Brom in their reported (as per The Daily Mirror) bid to lure him away from North London.
But given just how impressive Mason Holgate has proven to be since his arrival at the Hawthorns, alongside the unconvincing nature of Jenkinson’s performances in recent years, missing out on the 26-year-old looks to be a blessing in disguise for the Baggies.
Ultimately, the Englishman has failed to nail down a place in the Gunners first team in the last few years with just 67 appearances to his name, with loan spells at the likes of West Ham and Birmingham City underlining just how far away from the first team he has been at times during his stint at the Emirates Stadium.
Yes, injuries certainly haven’t helped the 26-year-old in his bid to stake a claim for regular football at Arsenal, but the recent injury to fellow right back Hector Bellerin, which looks set to keep him out for the rest of the season, may well give Jenkinson the impetus he needs to return to his best form.
On the whole though, the defender simply hasn’t done enough in recent times to suggest that he can do a job in the Gunners first team, and it’s arguable whether he’d have been able to do so for West Brom as well given just how much he struggled at Birmingham in the 2017/18 season.
Yes, the Baggies went into the January window in need of a right back given their difficulties in that department throughout the first half of the season, but the arrival of Holgate on loan from Everton appears to have answered their troubles to suggest a move for Jenkinson is now no longer necessary.
The 22-year-old joined the Baggies at the start of the winter window after finding himself some way down Marco Silva’s pecking order at Goodison Park – this all despite starting the season as a first choice centre back for the Toffees as Silva got to grips with life on Merseyside.
Yet he has also proven to be a hugely adept right back during his time at Goodison Park, and the young Englishman has since shown his qualities in that position at West Brom to fill the void that Moore had down the right-hand-side.
Holgate has started each of their last three matches in all competitions and helped the Midlanders to two clean sheets in that time, while his assist for Dwight Gayle in their 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday underlines his willingness to get forward, but also his quality to deliver when in that position.
Clearly then, the 22-year-old has solved the glaring right back issue in Moore’s team, and with Jenkinson having unconvinced during his time in the second tier at Birmingham, one wonders just how much regular football he’d get at the expense of Holgate at West Brom – it probably wouldn’t be very much.
As such, a recent report from The Daily Mirror suggesting that Emery will retain Jenkinson may appear to be a thorn in the Baggies’ side, but actually it could prove to be a blessing in disguise for the Championship club.
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