At the start of the week, we covered a story from the Daily Mirror in which it was claimed Manchester United were ready to listen to offers from Phil Jones.
The aforementioned article also claimed that Newcastle United, managed by Steve Bruce, are keen on the Englishman once dubbed the next Duncan Edwards by Sir Bobby Charlton…
Well over the weekend, further fuel has been placed upon that fire, by former Sunderland striker, Kevin Phillips.
Phillips has urged the 28-year-old United star to leave the Reds and remain in the Premier League with Newcastle, claiming that his time at Old Trafford is up…
The English forward was asked whether a move would suit all parties. Here’s his response:
“Definitely. His time at United is up but he has been a good servant for the club,” Phillips told Football Insider.
“A move to the north-east could be great. As I know myself it is a wonderful place to play football when things are going well. A move for the lad will be good for him. If he can stay in the Premier League – brilliant.”
“He is a wholehearted centre-half and is the sort of player Steve Bruce is looking for, he knows his capabilities and his limitations but when you talk about defending he is 100% committed all of the time. That could be a good one for Newcastle.
“At Newcastle, playing week in week out, you will see the best of Phil Jones.”
With the emergence of Axel Tuanzebe coupled with Eric Bailly’s return to form, Jones is now fifth in the pecking order, and undoubtedly behind Chris Smalling if he were to return.
Jones has only featured in a handful of games this term and it does feel as though his time at United is drawing to a close. It’s a shame because when he signed for the Old Trafford club, it looked like they’d found an absolute gem of a footballer.
However, injuries haven’t helped at all, meaning Jones hasn’t been able to play with any real consistency during his near ten-year stay in the North West.
Right now, timing-wise, it does feel right to let Jones move on. Maybe he can make something of his career elsewhere and I genuinely hope that he does because Jonesey does seem like a good lad.