West Ham loan star compares Winston Reid to Arsenal teammate

Carl Jenkinson hopes Winston Reid stays at West Ham United as he considers a man linked with Arsenal to be similar in quality to Laurent Koscielny.

Carl Jenkinson has been speaking to Sky Sports and expressed a desire to see Winston Reid spend the remainder of the season alongside him at West Ham United.

Reid continues to be linked with a move away from Upton Park after entering the final six months of his contract.

The Daily Telegraph are among those to suggest that Arsenal are keen on the highly-rated centre-half, along with north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Jenkinson is aware of the rumours and admits that Reid has the ability to compete at the very highest level, as he is similar in quality to Laurent Koscielny.

The England U21 international has played alongside both, as he is on a season-long loan with the Hammers from Emirates Stadium, so is well placed to pass judgement.

He is, however, eager to see Reid remain with his loan employers, rather than move to his parent club, and believes that the New Zealander will be fully committed to the cause for as long as he remains on Sam Allardyce’s books.

Jenkinson told Sky Sports News HQ on Thursday: “When I was at Arsenal and we played against them, he was always a standout player for them.

“He’s a very good defender. I love the way he plays. I’ve played with Koscielny for a few years and he’s very similar in the way he plays in that sort of mould - he’s very on the front foot and aggressive in the tackle. He’s a very good player and has been fantastic again for us this season.”

Pressed on how hard it would be for West Ham to replace Reid, Jenkinson added: “It would be difficult and I think everyone at the club and around the club hopes he stays.

“It’s certainly out of my hands and out of the hands of a lot of other people. We’ll have to see what happens on that front. But at the moment, knowing Winston as a person, he’s very professional and very committed to what he does. He’s got a contract here until the end of the season, so whatever happens there is no question as to whether he will be committed to the cause here.”

  TeamTotal TackleOutfielder BlockTotal ClearanceDuel WonAerial WonInterceptionAppearancesMins Played
Winston Reid West Ham 30 20 192 115 63 37 20 1,734
Laurent Koscielny Arsenal 14 5 48 46 24 37 11 926

Reid has been with West Ham since the summer of 2010 and made well over 100 appearances for the club.

He committed to a new contract in 2013, but is yet to agree an extension to that agreement.

The Hammers will be reluctant to let him go, but a formal approach during the January transfer window may force their hand.

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