Crystal Palace are being linked with a move for Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson as Sam Allardyce looks for reinforcements to stabilise the Eagles’ leaky defence during the January transfer window.
Although the Eagles are known to be looking for a left-back primarily, the advancing years of Damien Delaney coupled with James Tomkins’ persistent injury problems have left the manager and his coaching staff feeling a tad thin on the ground with big games coming thick and fast. Keeping that in mind, a move for Jenkinson would probably make a great deal of sense, adding some genuine depth to a defence in desperate need of cover as things stand.
Having started his career with Charlton Athletic, Jenkinson went on to link up with Sam Allardyce when joining West Ham on loan in the 2014-15 season, clearly impressing the now Palace boss during his time under his tutelage. Indeed, he made quite an impression on Slaven Bilic too, only for the Croatian to be told that Jenkinson wasn’t for sale by Arsenal when the question was asked.
This season however, Jenkinson has found himself thrown out into the cold by the Gunners, making just one Premier League appearance and four in total, leading to speculation over moves from both Palace and West Ham in the coming days. Whilst he may not represent a blockbuster transfer for either club, his presence in either squad would give an added sense of backbone given their respective defensive struggles since August, leaving the man himself with his pick of either club, should a bid be accepted.
Having already been linked with a move for Kieran Gibbs this January, Arsene Wenger’s supposed change of heart over Jenkinson is an interesting development for Palace, as we scramble to rebuild a back four that dramatically lost its way during the last calendar year.