Carl Jenkinson has completed a loan move from Arsenal to West Ham, allowing the young right-back an opportunity at furthering his Premier League career away from the challenge of breaking into the Gunners' first team.
The Hammers' official Twitter feed announced the move on Thursday:
The 22-year-old's permanent Arsenal future is uncertain after Arsene Wenger opted to replace Bacary Sagna with Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers during the summer, reported by Jack de Menezes of the Independent.
Wenger wouldn't have spent up to £16 million on the latter if he didn't expect the youngster to eventually break into the club's starting lineup, making Jenkinson's task all the more difficult at the Emirates.
Jenkinson is West Ham's third defensive signing of an ambitious summer. Allardyce, who promises to turn the Hammers' physical style into a more entertaining brand of football, recently added centre-back Cheikhou Kouyate and left-back Aaron Cresswell to his squad, per Transfermarkt.
We are working on our new style. That’s what is demanded now so we are working on that side of it. We just lost the defensive resilience that we had last season. We’re trying to play and open teams up so we left too many spaces.
The manager's signings will play a major role in deciding whether he remains at West Ham for the foreseeable future. Allardyce came close to being sacked at the conclusion of last season before convincing co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan he is the right man for the job.
Gold recently favourited a supporter's tweet asking when Big Sam would be let loose, a mistake he blamed on jet lag and "would never deliberately or intentionally endorse," per the Daily Mail's David Kent.
Despite the blunder, it's a firm reminder that West Ham's hierarchy are monitoring fan response across social media.
Jenkinson represents a smart move for Allardyce. Wenger has helped develop the Finnish-born player's confidence on the ball, as many would expect at Arsenal. He is a confident dribbler, someone who passes quickly and accurately, while he'll also naturally support West Ham's forays up the pitch.
Jenkinson also possesses decent speed, a vital attribute if Allardyce wishes to employ counter-attacking football.
West Ham's new signing completed just 0.4 crosses per match across 14 appearances last season, recorded by WhoScored.com. His lack of end product is likely one of the main reasons Wenger has opted to strengthen with new signings, but there's no denying Allardyce can have a positive influence on the player's game.
Jenkinson is likely to receive plenty of opportunities to cross toward forwards who are dominant in the air—Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia to name two—perhaps developing his game further.
James McNicholas of ESPN FC and Bleacher Report believes the move is a useful one when considering Jenkinson's relationship with Allardyce.
"Jenkinson will learn plenty about the game's dark arts under his tutelage," writes McNicholas. "For a player who can occasionally appear a little naive, that's no bad thing."
The move certainly seems beneficial to all parties. Jenkinson should be able to establish himself in West Ham's side and will hope to expand his game in a more direct lineup, while Arsenal can be hopeful of their defender returning with extra steel added to his game.
For West Ham, Jenkinson's arrival will also help to initiate a more attractive style of football.