Arsenal loan star Carl Jenkinson heaps praise on West Ham teammates

Carl Jenkinson has hailed the work ethic of his West Ham teammates Mark Noble and Winston Reid and said the Kiwi is the hardest man at the club.

The England international defender has been a revelation at Upton Park this season since leaving the Gunners on loan in search of more game time.

It has certainly paid off for the 23-year-old who, but for his loan status, would have been a serious contender for the East Londoners' Hammer of the Year award.

A recent poll we conducted on HITC saw 89% of fans insist they wanted Jenkinson signed up permanently from their London rivals this summer.

But Arsene Wenger recently said he would not allow the marauding right-back to leave, as reported by The Metro.

Hammers co-owner David Gold said this week he has not given up hope of signing the Harlow-born player.

The club will therefore be encouraged by the fact Jenkinson has been heaping praise on his current teammates, hailing Mark Noble and Winston Reid the hardest working players he is playing with.

"Mark Noble is always working very hard in training, he trains how he plays and if it's not him I'd say Winston Reid as well, he trains how he plays as well which is good," Jenkinson told West Ham's official website.

The pair also make him laugh and feel terrified in equal measure.

He said: "Nobes is quite a funny lad, I don't like to give him credit, but he does make me laugh a lot, he's a funny man.

"Winston Reid is (quite easily the hardest player). He's built very strongly and like I say he trains how he plays so if there's a ball to be won he'll win it in training as well so probably stay away from Reidy I think."

Hammers fans will hope the fact Jenkinson is so settled in East London will improve the club's chances of keeping him should the opportunity arise.

Though yet to score in the claret and blue, his barnstorming runs and crossing down the right have been a real feature of the team's season. That coupled with his tireless efforts at both ends of the pitch have endeared him to the the Upton Park faithful.

He was clocked as the joint-fastest player on record this season, according to the Premier League, and is reportedly valued between £8-10 million by the Gunners.

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