Former West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT, that he always told the club’s co-owner, David Sullivan, that Carl Jenkinson would be a good buy for the club.
Allardyce has backed the right-back to be a success in his second season on loan with the Hammers, after he signed a new long term deal to commit his future to parent club Arsenal.
“It’s a shame for West Ham really, certainly from my point of view, I said to David Sullivan from a permanent point of view, he’d be a great acquisition – Him and Aaron Cresswell both had fantastic seasons last year – He’ll slot in there no problem and I hope he’ll get even better than last season,” he told talkSPORT.
Why weren’t West Ham able to do a permanent deal?
West Ham’s failure in signing Jenkinson permanently could be down to any number of factors.
Any fee was always going to be an issue because West Ham aren’t in a position where they can bargain with top level clubs, throwing their weight around in the transfer market.
The fact Jenkinson has signed a new deal also suggests that he’s harbouring a desire to progress at Arsenal, eventually featuring in their first team.
Therefore, he may have been reluctant to consider the idea of a permanent move to the Hammers if that conversation has taken place since the end of last season.
Could the situation change?
It certainly could in the future.
Jenkinson’s immediate priority will be to play as positively as possible this season to improve his chances of playing for Arsenal over the next few years.
He needs to show Arsene Wenger something, which suggests he’s a better long term option than the likes of Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers.
If he can’t do that then he’ll be forced to reassess his position and West Ham’s move to the Olympic Stadium may give them a little extra weight in terms of finance.