In an effort to help his team stay in the Barclay’s Premier League for another season, Hull City manager Mike Phelan has admitted that he’d like to sign Arsenal right back Carl Jenkinson in the January transfer window.
Hull City have struggled after opening the season in tremendous form, and they now find themselves at the very bottom of the table. There’s little doubt that they have to get going very soon if they are to find enough points to avoid the drop.
Phelan, who has done a wonderful job so far this season with the players at his disposal, believes that Jenkinson can be a key part of turning around the fortunes of the Tigers. Phelan is keeping expectations reasonable here saying “I would love for him to come here… But I do also realise that there are other clubs interested in Carl.”
The move would be potentially fruitful for all parties as Arsenal would cash out on a player that has long been on the fringes while Hull City would get a quality defender to add to their side, and Jenkinson would finally have an opportunity at regular playing time.
How this would change Phelan’s tactics is unknown at this time, but it could lead to a departure from the three man back line that they’ve been playing and a move to the traditional four men at the back. Jenkinson would be taking a risk coming to Hull, but it’s likely a risk he’d relish as he’d be on the pitch much more.