‘Forgotten’ defender urged to bounce back

jenksCarl Jenkinson could be struggling with a confidence crisis should his Hammers exile continue for much longer.
There have been suggestions that the Arsenal right back has been struggling  with himself ‘ after an opening to the campaign  which started poorly and went downhill.
That last weekend the manager opted for  James Collins to replace Winston Reid alongside Angelo Ogbonna with .James Tomkins holding the right berth will have done nothing for for Jenks’ hopes of an early return.
Some of his harshest Twitter critics have called for him to be sent back to Arsenal which is impossible as the loan terms state such deals are permanent.
A source revealed: “That’s a fact. There’s no early return clause but we want to see Carl battle his way through any confidence crisis he may be suffering and put the pressure back on for his position.
“He’s a quiet lad and it is probably fair to accept that his confidence has been hit but he’s a professional and if that’s the case he needs – and we are sure he will –  to bounce back quickly because he’s a very good payer indeed at his best.”
It will be hard because in the five matches JT has started at right-back, the Hammers have not conceded a single Barclays Premier League goal!
“I am just trying to do the best I can defensively. I know I can do a job there. Going forward is always more difficult, but hopefully I am getting there.”And Tomkins seems to see himself booked in for a lengthy spell in the team saying:
” “I always seem to say that it is very new to me and I am still trying to learn the position, but I am really enjoying it as it helps with my game.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • kevin says:

    There is a place for you , Carl , an important place that you must battle for when the oppotunity arises . With the injuries we are picking up it looks like you will have your chance sooner than later . The defence is having to work overtime and there will be a need to rest someone pretty soon . We know you are good , just be patient .

  • slaven a laugh says:

    One of our best players last year. And he played brilliantly in the games I saw him play for England under 21s last year. He’s still young and has time on his side. He can still improve all areas of his game.

  • johnboy says:

    I would rather play Alf garnet there than have this gooner back in the fold !!
    He is a loan that isn’t working out and he will be gone at the end of it !!!
    Oxford could play there if needed , even a dev squad FB will do , a hammer !!!!
    The quicker he’s gone the better !!! Same goes for moses !!!!
    Next year we will have loads of dosh to buy virtualy who ever we want !!!
    We could spend 40-50 mil on 3 players next year and secure the positions we need securing.

  • slaven a laugh says:

    No need to shout johnham. We have done well utilising the loan system to get a better player maybe than we could afford to sign outright in recent years. Jenkinson and Moses may well be on loan from Arsenal and Chelsea but they are playing for West Ham and as long as they are wearing our colours they will get my support. No room for prejudice.

  • johnboy says:

    That’s the problem in one !!!
    They are not performing for west ham they are ferforming for big wages at another club because they are not good enough for their parent club !!
    The two of them signed new contracts before signing on loan but will never feature for them
    On a consistent basis !
    We were duped by Wenger and mourino with the help of whoever sanctioned the deals !!!!
    Take the blinkers off and look at their performances !! Rubbish and mediocre !!!
    Tompkins has made the RB spot his and Antonio done more in one game than moses did
    all season !!!!
    I want west ham players in my team not part time overrated players !!!
    As I said it maybe tunnel vision from some and wrong assumptions without looking ?
    As in looking at my name and understanding the spelling of it !!
    Everyone is entitled to their opinion though and I respect it but I do not have to accept it after thinking about it ! ( Voltaire )

  • bubs says:

    Pity you don’t support our manager and players like you do the loners Slaven,
    Your prejudices are only for anything claret and blue,
    John has said all last season and this about Jenkinson weakness,s are and last year most of the games we threw away last year came from problems on his flank,
    But then most people who called for Nolan,Jarvis and any other BFS player to stay will say the same about Jenkinson,
    Would rather our fans were calling for Oxford to play then Jenkinson

  • slaven a laugh says:

    If you say something enough times you start to believe it. It’s called auto suggestion.

  • Michael Miller says:

    The important point is that he is a Professional which means there is no choice for him – he has to battle through his ‘confidence crisis’ and show what he’s capable of – his career is on the line he has to show some character – there is no alternative for him!

  • bubs says:

    You auto suggest Hippo somewhere else
    I will just keep telling the truth,
    If Jenkinson keeps saying I am a full back someone might believe it but it won’t be me

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