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Opinion: This 20-year-old should snub Leeds interest and stay put at Coventry City



Recent reports from Football Insider have suggested that Leeds United want to sign Coventry City winger Jodi Jones.

Jones has had an impressive season in League Two with Coventry and he is now attracting interest from Championship outfit Leeds.

While I am not surprised by this news in the slightest, it seems to me that this move could be a bit premature in Jones’ career.

He would be best advised to stay with Coventry until at least the end of the year and this is why.

Leeds’ attacking depth

During the summer transfer window, Leeds made a concerted effort to bolster their options in the attacking midfield department.

The Whites snapped up Hadi Sacko on a permanent deal and signed Spanish sensation Samu Saiz alongside Ezgjan Alioski to add to their options of Kemar Roofe, Pablo Hernandez and Stuart Dallas.

That means there are already six players ahead of Jones in the pecking order at Elland Road if he was to complete his move in January.

While the 20-year-old is tearing League Two defences apart this season, there is a big step up to be made before he is comfortable playing Championship football and I do not believe he is ready to make this jump just yet.

2016/17 season

Last season, Jones completed his permanent move from Dagenham and Redbridge to Coventry City in League One.

Plenty of excitement surrounded this transfer as Jones had shown glimpses of his talent during a short loan spell in the 2015/16 season.

However, the left-footed midfielder seemed to suffer from a lack of confidence and, for most of the season, he warmed the bench for the struggling Sky Blues, who were relegated from League One.

Tony Mowbray, Mark Venus, Russell Slade and Mark Robins all managed Coventry last term and none of them had enough confidence to give Jones regular starting time.

When he did come onto the pitch, he was afraid to take players on and use his pace to get in behind the defence.

Judging by last season’s showings, the Coventry starlet needs a bit more time in the lower leagues before he is considered ready to make a move to the Championship.

Far from the polished article

One glance at Jodi Jones’ stats show you just how good he has been this term.

With four goals and eight assists in 19 outings this season, it is no surprise that scouts are regularly checking up on Jones’ progress.

In fairness to the lively wide man, if Coventry had a more prolific striker up front, his assist tally could be more than doubled.

Also, what the scouts would be seeing at the games is that Jones is not just a man who impresses on paper.

The 5ft 9in winger has blistering pace, deceptive agility and an unusual knack of wriggling through challenges.

League Two defenders certainly struggle to contain Jones and often resort to kicking him but he does not often shy away from taking players on anymore.

His confidence has also rocketed and he is delivering more crosses and shooting more regularly.

However, he is far from the finished article.

There are inconsistencies in his game which need ironing out; there are technical sides to his game that need ironing out.

And, judging him on the high standards that his talent deserves, he should really have more goals and assists in the bank already.

As I have mentioned before, his performance levels are impressive at League Two level but he is unlikely to have a similar impact in the Championship at this stage in his career.

Jones should stay at Coventry

Jones would be best advised to block out the speculation and remain at Coventry beyond the January window.

Mark Robins is acting as an excellent mentor for young Jones, who is growing in confidence with each game that he plays and each goal that he helps the team to score.

The 20-year-old is at a vital stage of his career and he needs to be playing in order to progress.

Coventry is a familiar environment for him, having been there for two years now, and he has a good relationship with the fans, who sing his name and have supported him through the highs and lows.

He is the undoubted star in this Coventry City side and he seems to be enjoying the added pressure and expectation on him.

A move to the Championship is premature but if he continues to impress in League Two, he could be a man in-demand this summer.

Coventry and Leeds fans – What do you make of this? Do you think Jones would be best suited staying at Coventry or should he get out now? Let us know below…