On loan West Ham full-back Carl Jenkinson has savoured an excellent season at Upton Park, proving those who suspected he couldn’t cut Colman’s finest in the Premier League categorically mistaken with his consistent showings for Sam Allardyce’s side.
As impressive as his performances have been, however, there doesn’t look to be much of a future for him with parent club Arsenal, who have French international Mathieu Debuchy and Spanish revelation Hector Bellerin monopolising the Gunners’ right-back department.
Dislodging these two will be exceedingly difficult for the England youngster once his temporary stay in the East End is over, sparking logically-grounded speculation that he will be sold.
A pricey permanent move to West Ham has been touted, while Liverpool have also been linked.
Set to lose stalwart number two Glen Johnson this summer, the Reds have reportedly taken a liking to the 23-year-old too.
Valued at around £10m, Brendan Rodgers and his terrible record in the transfer market must steer well clear of Jenkinson, lest he run the risk of enduring more chastisement over his talent-spotting flaws.
While the outbound Arsenal ace is obviously very capable, Liverpool’s luck with English right-backs should provide sufficient warning against making this move.
Johnson, for reasons some find difficult to fathom, is frequently criticised for a perceived inability to defend.
Whether his lack of acumen in the field in which he is supposed to specialise is the case or not, the 54-cap England man has oft succumbed to injury during his six-year Anfield tenure, while he cost the club £18m and will leave for nothing at the end of the current campaign.
The situation wouldn’t be quite so serious had his academy-reared understudy not disappeared from the face of the Earth.
Jon Flanagan was universally praised for his performances at the end of the previous campaign, earning international recognition and a place in England’s standby squad for the World Cup.
Seen exclusively on the back of milk cartons in 2014/15, information on Flanagan’s current whereabouts is hard to come by, with some sources suggesting a cruciate knee ligament tear the cause of his long-term absence.
The veracity of these reports are called into question with the reputable injury-collators at PhysioRoom.com failing to recognise such claims.
A third potential-loaded right-back to emerge through the Liverpool ranks is Martin Kelly.
He, however, was shipped out to Crystal Palace after failing to reclaim a spot in the Reds first-team since suffering a set back similar to the one rumoured to have befouled Flanagan.
Such rotten luck should ensure any Liverpool transfer committee motions for signing another English number two are promptly kyboshed and the 7/1 about Jenkinson being on the Reds’ books by September 2nd is left alone.