Peterborough United director of football Barry Fry has been discussing his club’s talented striker Ricky-Jade Jones this week. As he told the Peterborough Telegraph, The Posh had to fight hard to keep hold of the teenage talent in January.
He mentioned the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal as being keen on the player. However, it was Leeds United who were the most consistently in touch.
Fry stated that Leeds felt Jones could become the next Tammy Abraham, but that only helped to ramp up the asking price.
“They were all after him. United, Liverpool, Arsenal, but we told them all the same thing and that it was a waste of time bidding as we were determined to hold on to him…
“Leeds were actually the most determined to sign Ricky. They were on several times as they think Ricky is going to be the next Tammy Abraham. I told them if that’s the case he must be worth £15 million already!
“In our opinion Ricky is better off developing with us and helping us be successful. He’s a lovely lad with his feet on the ground.”
Undoubtedly, Leeds United were right to take an interest in a player of Jade-Jones qualities. At just 17-years-old he has caught the eye with his boyhood club, playing 15 times this season and scoring four goals.
But at £15 million, Leeds were clearly priced out of any move for the player, even if they do feel he is capable of emulating Chelsea and England star Abraham, who has scored 15 goals in 32 games this season.
In the long run, Leeds must keep Jones on their radar. He looks like a top talent capable of becoming a real star. But for now, he is perhaps best off at London Road, where he can steadily play more and more regular first-team football.
Leeds will simply have to try again later.