There’s not many who would have even given odds that Carl Jenkinsin would be left on the bench for today’s game.
But Slav has chosen to call up veteran James Collins to partner Angelo Ogbonna at central defence in Winston Reid’s absense, leaving James Tomkins to fill the right back spot.
It shows how far out of favour the Arsenal loanee has fallen in recent weeks after signing a new season long deal which saw the club pay Arsenal a £1.5 million in loan fee and foot £40k a week wages.
The player has made a less than average start to his second season at the Boleyn but it’s something of a shock to see the manager play Tomkins out of position rather than recall him to his natural central defensive role.
It will clearly be a major worry for the player and is a poke in the eye to Gunners manager Arsene Wenger, whom we have reported has put a £15 million price on the player’s head should a club want to sign him permanently.