Newcastle are being linked with a move for Phil Jones as manager Steve Bruce looks to make additions over the summer months.
A report from the Mirror claims the Magpies could sign the 28-year-old defender for around £12m.
Any move for Jones would offer him a lifeline of sorts on a personal level. After being frozen out at Manchester United and falling down the pecking order, Jones is nowhere near first-team football as things stand.
However, he might well see a move to St James’ Park as a good move. It would give Jones the chance to prove himself once again. In a different environment, it could well turn out to be a different story for the former Blackburn man.
But surely, at a time when Steve Bruce still has a number of detractors on Tyneside, signing an injury-prone defender on big money is not the way forward?
Having only made two appearances this season. In fact, in nearly ten years at Old Trafford, Jones has only managed just over 160 appearances. When you break that down, it shows he’s only playing around 18 or 19 games a season.
Newcastle United have managed to build a solid foundation under Bruce this season. Jamal Lascelles and Federico Fernandez have been big players for Steve Bruce.
They’ve also been reliable players. The sort of squad members who are generally available for their team.
Unfortunately for Phil Jones, he doesn’t fall into this category of player. It might be no fault of his own but he has missed an awful lot of football.
Furthermore, when he has played, he’s not looked quite up to the standard of a top PL footballer. Whether those injuries are playing a part in holding him back somewhat, is something only he knows.
Pleasing the Toon Army
Of course, this is just a theory but it’s unlikely a signing like Jones will get Newcastle fans off their seats.
Yes, it’s not always about signing glamour players. Indeed we saw in the summer how spending big on someone like Joelinton can backfire somewhat.
But with Jones on a reported £75k a week, approaching 30, and having been blighted by injury ever since moving to Old Trafford, there are surely better options out there for Steve Bruce.