West Bromwich Albion are in talks with Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson over a summer swoop, according to Sky Sports News.
They report that new Baggies manager Slaven Bilic, who was Jenkinson’s manager during the 2015-16 when the defender was on loan at West Ham, has his sights set on reunion.
Jenkinson is now 27, but is still struggling for gametime at the Emirates Stadium, despite the fact that first-choice right back Hector Bellerin has been out since January with a knee injury.
Spotrac claim he’s earning £45,000-a-week in north London and that’s a lot of money to be paying a player who hasn’t really kicked on during his time at the club.
As much as it’s been clear that it’s a dream come true for Jenkinson to be an Arsenal player – which is perhaps why he’s clung to that status for so long – it’s surely time for him to leave in search of more regular football.
For the sake of his career, he needs to move on and establish himself as someone who can be relied upon week in, week out.
He’s not even got the status of a reliable reserve under Unai Emery, who preferred to bring in Ainsley Maitland-Niles at right back, despite the fact he’s far younger than Jenkinson and a midfielder by trade.
Bilic didn’t quite get to see the best of Jenkinson at West Ham because of injuries, but his force of personality may bring something out in the defender as he looks to get the Baggies back into the big time.