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Derby County are considering a move for Manchester United centre-back Phil Jones in the January transfer window, as per the Daily Star.
The Rams are joined by Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough in taking an interest in the 28-year-old who has cut an isolated figure at Old Trafford over the last few months, with him not being involved in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans.
So, what do you make of this from a Rams perspective? Would he be a good signing?
The team here at FLW have their say….
I do think this has the potential to be a very good signing for Derby.
While it is pretty clear now that Jones has no future prospects at Old Trafford, he has still shown throughout his career that he is more than good enough for Championship level football, and his experience could help provide some welcome stability to a struggling Derby side.
Indeed, you also feel this could be a move that appeals to Jones due to the opportunity it would give the defender to reunite with his former United teammate Wayne Rooney, and you wonder whether something like that could help to bring the best out of Jones once again.
However, despite his struggles at Old Trafford, it seems likely that Jones will still be on a rather sizeable wage at Old Trafford, meaning you have to feel that completing this deal could pose some questions about Derby’s finances, particularly with the EFL charge that is still hanging over the club at the minute.
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Rather intriguing this one.
Jones does get a fair bit of stick and has become a butt of several jokes over the years but I think he’d certainly have the quality to make a difference in the Championship for Derby if he joined.
Perhaps stepping out of the spotlight at Manchester United and the Premier League and into a Derby team where he’d be one of the better players but under less global scrutiny could do him a world of good.
Wayne Rooney is there too, obviously, and that might help him as well.
There’s still a decent player there, he just needs to build up that confidence again.
This would be a good signing.
If Derby are going to continue with a back three, which they should as they have improved in the past few games, then they are probably one centre-back short.
Whilst Jones has been ridiculed over the years for Manchester United, they operate at the highest level and he would be a great signing for any Championship club.
The major issue would be his fitness and there’s no denying he doesn’t seem to stay fit enough. But, on loan and paying a fraction of his wages, it would be a low-risk move that has huge potential benefits for Derby if they could pull this deal off.