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The report states that the Red Devils are not the only elite English club monitoring the 22-year-old’s situation, with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur also being credited with an interest.
Another Middlesbrough right-wing-back in Djed Spence is currently being chased by Spurs and Nottingham Forest, with Boro hopeful of keeping Jones.
Appearing 42 times in the Championship last time out, Jones netted once and provided a further nine assists.
Three of our writers here at FLW have shared their thoughts regarding Manchester United’s interest in the Middlesbrough wing-back…
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Isaiah Jones is certainly a talent and you can see why some of the big clubs are sniffing around him.
He’s looked sharp for Middlesbrough and to be honest, considering he’s still only 22-years-old, he has plenty left to give as a player. There are signs that his potential could be very high.
For United, if they handle him well then it could be an excellent move. There have to be question marks over a deal though because he would likely not get straight into the first-team and would a drop in minutes affect his development? Almost probably.
Jones though is the kind of signing United should make and if they plan to ease him in to their side well, then it could work out.
This is an interesting one.
You probably wouldn’t see him as a regular starter at this stage but Aaron Wan-Bissaka didn’t record a single assist last term and this is where Jones could be much better as a contributor going forward.
Going forward is ingrained in United’s DNA and you just feel he could add some real attacking urgency, making him a worthwhile signing even if he isn’t one of the first names on the teamsheet.
If Erik ten Hag plays with a flat back four though, it would be interesting to see how Jones copes with the step up and extra defensive responsibilities.
Ideally, he needs to be played as a wing-back so this may be a signing to opt against unless they operate with a back three.
I think this would be a generally good signing. Jones proved his talent this season as he was a core part of the Middlesbrough team making 42 Championship appearances, scoring once and assisting nine times.
He could definitely do a good job in the top flight and has earned himself the chance to get there and prove his talents. However, I’m not 100% sure whether he will get the chance he needs at Manchester United.
I can see him playing but not necessarily as a regular first team starter which could halt his progression somewhat and therefore you question whether a move further down the Premier League would be more beneficial.
That being said, the winger is the type of player who will take his chance when given it and in doing so could work his way further into the side and at only 22-years-old, he’s only at the start of his career.