West Bromwich Albion have reportedly joined the race to sign Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson this summer amid the right-back being linked with Celtic – but surely Parkhead is the best move for the England cap?
The 27-year-old is expected to leave the Gunners this summer after managing just eight appearances in all competitions last season for Unai Emery’s side. His contract is set to expire in the summer of 2020.
According to The Scottish Mail on Sunday (back page, 16/06), England international Jenkinson is wanted by Celtic this summer on a permanent basis – and perhaps even more so after Mikael Lustig confirmed his exit from the club.
Celtic desperately need a right-back following Lustig’s exit. Jeremy Toljan has returned to Borussia Dortmund after his loan spell at Parkhead, while Anthony Ralston is hardly seen as Lustig’s long-term replacement.
The Hoops have been linked with Sheffield United’s George Baldock and Atalanta’s Timothy Castagne, but Jenkinson is the latest – and perhaps more approachable – right-back to be linked with the Hoops.
However, West Brom have now entered the race for Jenkinson, with the player completely out of favour at Arsenal. Sky Sports have claimed that the Baggies are in talks to land the defender this summer.
It provides Jenkinson with a difficult decision. Remain in English football with a side that have a strong chance of promotion to the Premier League next season, or trophies an European football at Celtic.
With West Brom’s promotion not guaranteed, surely Jenkinson has to get his career back on track by going to Celtic for a few seasons and helping the Hoops achieve 10 in a row – not only for Celtic, but for his career, too.