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‘Could use the extra bodies’ – Derby County keen to sign Wigan Athletic player: The verdict



This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Derby may be facing off-field issues but that hasn’t stopped them from being linked with new faces this month, with Jordan Jones the latest as reported by TeamTALK.

The Rams are currently in the middle of a battle against relegation and any additional faces they can add to their squad would be a welcome boost to the team.

They’ve played some good football this year despite their financial difficulties and would certainly be much higher up the table if not for their points deductions. Against the odds, Wayne Rooney has even managed to get them picking up points against some of the best sides in the league.

Would Jordan Jones be a worthwhile signing then? Or is it worth looking elsewhere in their pursuit of new recruits? Here is the verdict from some of our writers…

Billy Mulley

On paper, this is a player who is struggling for minutes in League One linked with a higher-level move, and whilst that appears to make little sense, Jordan Jones is a player who still possesses bags of ability.

He is become victim of Callum Lang, Will Keane and James McLean enjoying excellent starts to the season and deserves to be playing regularly once again.
Derby, could still be picked off this January, with the Rams possessing lots of youthful talent who are making a name for themselves in the first team environment.
This could leave their squad depth very bare, and by recruiting a player who wants to be playing football week in week out, and who is likely to demand a reasonable wage, they could still be confident of their push for survival.
Declan Harte
Jones hasn’t had the biggest impact on Wigan’s season so far, only making nine appearances and only three starts.

However, Derby could use the extra bodies at this point and if they can get any deals done this window then it is imperative they take the chance.

Another squad player wouldn’t be a bad option either and he will likely get a decent amount of playing time given Derby’s limited options.

This signing definitely won’t set the world on fire, but Derby aren’t really in a position to do that presently.

Joshua Cole

Signing Jordan Jones could turn out to be a mistake by Derby as the winger may struggle to adapt to life in a higher division.

Although Jones has made 29 appearances in the third-tier during his career, he has yet to feature in the Championship and thus could find it difficult to deliver the goods at this level.

The 27-year-old’s displays for Wigan this season have left a lot to be desired as he is only averaging an underwhelming WhoScored match rating of 6.30 in League One.

Instead of taking a risk on Jones, Derby should be looking to draft in players who know exactly what it takes to compete at this level if the opportunity arises.

Writer for Football League World.

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