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Fears that Jenks may become “expensive luxury”

Moncs (1)ClaretandHugh blogger John Moncur fears Carl Jenkinson could become an expensive luxury over the course of the season.

The Arsenal loanee has made an uncertain start to the new season which has some fearing he sent his twin brother to the Boleyn this term!

But Moncs has a more reasonable explanation declaring that young players finding their way in the game can see their game vary and confidence levels rise and fall.

And he said: “I’m a big fan of James Tomkins and can see him settling down into that right back spot if I’m entirely honest.”

Moncs believes that as a rampaging wing back, Jenkinson’s more defensive role with the arrival of Victor Moses on that side, is being tested and thus far believes Tomkins has looked more at home on that side.

He said: “We are going to have to wait and see but I think it’s right to say that Slav is developing a defensve back line and a go for it midfield and front line. It’s almost like two teams.

“Jenks may not get as many games as last year as a result and that could tun out to be costly because I believe the terms of his loan are pretty expensive. He could become an expensive luxury.

“We have to give him and everybody else there chance to adjust to a new way of playing but it’s brilliant we have such strength in depth and so many alternatives. We are moving up.”


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10 comments on “Fears that Jenks may become “expensive luxury”

  1. Nice to hear Moncur saying exactly what I was saying all through the transfer window about how Slav was setting up his team, the backbone of which is an attacking midfield

    • You really should go into management Canchaz,most managers spend their lifes pointing out the few times they are right about things,lol

  2. Totally agree but feel that cresswell needs to adapt as well ! His defensive capability need to improve !
    He is no dicksy or lampard snr to name a few .
    And yes we are on the up and up and exciting times ahead !
    Up the hammers !!!!!

  3. The problem was when a few of us wanted Tomkins at right back or another to come in
    people had not thought that Slav was going to set his system to use wingers and attacking midfielders and want full backs that could defend more than attack,
    Cressida has already started to adapt but Jenks is still to attack minded,and maybe that’s what Wenger could see a lapse in defensive duties,
    Maybe we should go back to Tomks for this week and put Ginge or Oxford in the centre with
    But have been saying for along time we need to get a real right back in

  4. Jenkinson has defitely had a dodgy start the the Season at home – he seems slow of thought and is hesitating before making his movement – he looks completely off the pace.

    Maybe he’s protecting an injury – I remember him having a slow start last year when BFS chucked him into the First Team when he was still not fit after a hamstring injury – as the Season went on he improved and was one of the better performers in a pretty average team.

    The fact is he’s not performing for whatever reason and once Ogbonna is fit then Tomkins should be moved to right-back and Jenkinson relegated to the stiffs until he sorts himself out!

  5. Nah, Jenks will be fine. We’ve got a good set of defenders to select from in Cresswell, Ogbonna, Tomkins, Collins, Jenkinson, Reid, O’Brien, Hendrie and Chambers. Just as we have with Noble, Moses, Kouyate, Obiang, Payet, Song, Antonio and Lanzini in midfield. Not forgetting Amalfitano, Jarvis and Poyet if we need them. It’s all looking good to me.

  6. Agreed. I think he will be fine and it gives Slav more options having a more attacking right back on staff. It’s nice to have strength in depth. Yes if he has a bad season it will be expensive. However not as expensive as it will be for Arsenal who just signed him to a huge 5 year deal just to screw us if we wanted to buy him next summer. If that’s the worst case scenario then so be it.

  7. Not sure anyone will be wanting to sign him next year for other than a few million,
    He has had one good game so far this season and seeing we have had a great start that does not sit well,
    Last week playing Tomks and Reid in the middle was not good and so far Tomks has played better at right back because he concentrated more and don’t give me that not so good attacking view we don’t need that with the midfield and forwards we have and I would prefer Kouyate going forward and not having to worry about covering Jenks back,
    Time for Oxford to have a game along side Reid I think or Ginge,
    Maybe Jenks and Noble need to watch from the bench for a week and get a reality check,
    No I ain’t saying get rid just a slap on the wrist to wake them up

  8. Im sure he will come through this,you always have a couple of players that aint on their game 100%,yes he so far aint been the player he was last year but lets not start slaughtering him,the same as Noble.If he doeant improve then fair enough you replace him but i aint going to write someone off after a handful of games 😉

  9. I thought Jenks was ok last season but for me he still showed signs of being sloppy and making blunders at crucial times. This season those signs have been clearly visible and he looks uncertain and uncomfortable carrying out the defensive duties. He seems to have plenty of confidence and ability going forwards but when we’re on the back foot he’s far from solid and for me Tonks made the grade and should’ve kept the RB spot. I hope Slav puts Tonks back in there with Collins or Oxford going in at RCB at least while Ogbonna is out.

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