Nottingham Forest spent the summer recruiting several new players to give boss Sabri Lamouchi the very best chance of a successful season.
No fewer than 12 new players checked in at the City Ground and a large number of them have integrated nicely into the squad.
The Reds beat Brentford on Saturday to go second in the Championship and things appear to be on an upward curve for Forest.
With the second international break of the campaign now upon us, we at Seat Pitch continuing with our new series which assesses the starts made by the Forest new-boys. Up next is Carl Jenkinson:
What’s the background?
The right-back ended an eight-year association with Arsenal during the summer, signing for Forest for £2 million (Daily Mail).
It was anticipated that Jenkinson would provide the Reds with some much-needed balance in defence after Tendayi Darikwa was unfortunately struck down with an ACL injury in training.
How has he looked during the first two months?
In the four games he has played he has shown positive signs that he can be a decent addition for the Reds.
That said, a cruel injury has seen him restricted to just four first-team appearances and he is set to remain sidelined until after the next international break.
In the games he has played he has showcased the sort of defending that is expected from someone who spent so much of his career in the Premier League.
Against Fulham, in particular, he was a constant threat on the overlap going forwards, whilst he coped incredibly well with the threat of Cottagers winger Anthony Knockaert.
What does the future hold?
First and foremost, Jenkinson needs to get fit. In eight years with the Gunners, he played just 70 first-team games and that was largely down to a string of injury problems.
The 27-year-old is owed some luck on the fitness front and he would desperately like to nail down the right-back berth in the Forest team.
Matty Cash has been in fine form deputising for the man with one England cap and dislodging him will represent a challenge in itself for Jenkinson.
It’s far too early into Jenkinson’s career at Nottingham Forest to start rating him out of 10.
He does look like he could be a promising signing for the club. The proof will come in whether or not he can stay fit for a prolonged period of time.
Right now, Cash is firmly established as Lamouchi’s right-back and the former Arsenal man has it all to do to get back into the team.
At £2 million he hasn’t cost Forest a fortune and when he has played he has looked pretty useful. The challenge for Jenkinson is to get himself fit and prove to people the Reds were wise to pursue him. Jury out.