Championship Birmingham City have completed season-long loan deals for Arsenal full-backs Cohen Bramall and Carl Jenkinson. The pair could both make their Blues debut against Bournemouth on Tuesday night in the League Cup against Bournemouth.
Jenkinson has fallen out-of-favour in north London in recent times. The 25-year-old had spent a season and a half on-loan at West Ham before injury curtailed his time in east London.
The full-back always seemed likely to exit the club this summer. However, a move to a Premier League club seemed more likely than a move to a second-tier outfit.
Birmingham are ambitious and boss Harry Redknapp is highly experienced. The Blues are outsiders for promotion at odds of 12/1, but with more quality additions could just be a dangerous outsider this season in the Championship.
The side from the Midlands will definitely benefit from Redknapp’s shrewdness in the transfer market this summer that is for sure.
Promising but needs experience
Cohen Bramall arrived at Arsenal from non-league Hednesford for just £60,000. However, he is considered a bright prospect and could have a big future in the game. By all accounts, he has shown flashes of his ability in the Arsenal’s under-23 team.
Bramall needs to be playing regular first-team football to develop his game. Obviously, he is not ready for first-team action at the north London club. Some time spent in the Championship will give Bramall valuable experience.
Not needed anymore
At one point in his career, Jenkinson seemed like he could develop into a good Premier League player. The full-back has experienced some injury problems, but apart from those problems he has not developed in the way many people expected he would.
Arsenal quite simply does not need Jenkinson anymore. The likes of Hector Bellerin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are in front of him in the pecking order for the right wing-back role. For me, Jenkinson is good enough to play for a Premier League team.
However, he is nowhere near the standard of playing for Arsenal on a regular basis. That says a lot considering the standard of defending from the Gunners so far this season.
It is hard to see Jenkinson ever wearing an Arsenal shirt again. It is quite clear his future lies elsewhere. I am sure most Gunners would wish both full-backs well in the Midlands and may be Bramall may have a part to play in the future for Arsenal.
Will Jenkinson or Bramall ever play for Arsenal again?