It doesn’t seem from all the sounds coming out of the club that Carl Jenkinson is on his way back into the side any time soon.
James Tomkins’ arrival at right back has demonstrated that the manager is determined to get the basics right and from his public statements it looks as though James Tomkins expects to stay there.
That may not be a big surprise to most but in fairness it has come as a relief for at one time it looked likely that JT might be an available transfer target.
But both the manager and player seem to be suggesting that he’s got the job for the long haul with Tomkins saying: “I think he knows that going forward will be more difficult for me and at times he tells me to stop getting forward when I am trying to gallop towards the other goal.”
Jenkinson’s vulnerable position is made more tenuous because he is clearly a better offensive force than defensive which is what Bilic wants.
Tomkins told London24.com: “The gaffer has put his faith in me and defensively we look quite solid as a back four and we have got clean sheets from that. We just need to get goals at the other end too.”
All that’s needed now is for the big local lad stays fit!