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…
Cardiff City are one of a number of teams that are tracking Rangers winger Jordan Jones, according to TEAMtalk.
Jones joined League One side Sunderland on loan from Rangers for the rest of the season, and he’s already made a big impact for the Black Cats.
The Northern Ireland international has assisted three times and scored twice in the league so far – including a delightful chip against Portsmouth.
Barnsley, Stoke and Middlesbrough – the latter who Jones played for as a youngster – are all said to be interested in signing the 26-year-old as well, but it is Cardiff who are being focused on here.
Would Jones be a good summer signing for the Bluebirds, and do they even need him? The FLW writers have had their say…
I think he’d be a great signing.
Jones has enjoyed a good spell with Sunderland so far, having five goal involvements in nine appearances for the Black Cats.
We know that Mick McCarthy likes his wide players to be fast, direct and have good end product, and Jones certainly fits the bill considering how well he’s performed since joining Sunderland.
If they stay down, then his arrival would be a positive addition and add to the quality wide options they already have at the club.
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You can certainly see how Jones might be a player that fits what Mick McCarthy will be looking to bring in at Cardiff in the summer.
Jones has got plenty to like about him and he’s showing good traits down in League One with Sunderland as they chase promotion.
The question that you might ask if Jones were to head to Cardiff is whether he’s an upgrade on what McCarthy currently has running through the spine of his side.
There are some really good players already on the books at Cardiff, which McCarthy is cashing in on to get the Bluebirds thinking about the play-offs again.
Progression is going to be key and I’m not 100% sold on whether Jones will elevate the squad in South Wales, despite fitting the bill in what McCarthy has previously looked at.
I’m a massive fan of Jordan Jones.
He has all the attributes required to flourish in the Championship, and he could be a great addition to Cardiff City.
He’s the sort of player that Mick McCarthy would like. He works hard, is relentless off the ball but has real technique and finesse when in possession.
Charlie Wyke is reaping the rewards of Jones’ crossing ability at Sunderland right now, and you feel Kieffer Moore would welcome this at the Bluebirds.
We know how much of an aerial threat Moore is in the box, and if you had Jones delivering pin-point crosses consistently, it could be a real weapon for McCarthy’s side.
Ultimately, I’m not surprised a number of clubs are keen as he’s a class act and is reaching the peak years of his career.