If this season is going to tell us anything, it’s that positions are not easy to come by. Look at Szczesny and Mannone, Mertesacker and Koscielny, Diaby and Wilshere, Frimpong and Arteta. Jeez, the list goes on and on. One of the more interesting duos though is Sagna and Jenkinson.
Sagna is currently out with a leg break so although he isn’t in direct competition with Jenkinson, I foresee a mini battle going on there. I’ll be honest, at the beginning of the season, I didn’t give Jenkinson much of a chance. His inexperience was the major contributing factor to my dislike of him. I felt we needed a suitable replacement as Sagna’s cover and that Jenkinson was someone who should’ve gradually been introduced to the team rather than thrown in the deep end. However, I’ll admit now, that I was wrong.
Jenkinson has to be one of the quickest developers of the game I’ve seen. Man oh man, with each game; the kid gets better and better! He looks more assured and confident, holds onto the ball better and even bagged an assist with a low cross. And really, it’s that that’s impressed me most. Right backs find that moving forward and crossing is the hardest thing to do well. Too often, they’ll surge forward to find themselves caught out in a counter attack. With Jenkinson, I don’t see that happening. Yes, he’s not perfect but now, I forget that we actually missing Sagna, and that’s a very good thing.
Sagna is world class. Let’s not forget or underestimate just how good a defender he is. However, with Jenkinson improving with each match, he may find a starting position hard to come by when he returns to full fitness.
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