Southampton Transfer News: Saints eye Premier League-winning defender - The Verdict
Southampton could do a manage to badge Manchester United defender Phil Jones, as revealed by .
The 29-year-old is attracting advantage from several Premier League clubs this summer, despite blunder to stagecraft a single minute in Englands top-flight last name .
He has spent the last decade at Old Trafford, and peace has two years remaining on his contract, but the 13-time Premier League champions are reportedly cheery to sublet him go for discharge in the latest unburden window, as he appears to have been deemed surplus to requirements moving forwards.
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are one of the teams who are reportedly vigil , and they could now be tempted to march up their good given that he could be available for a transact to St Marys without the South Coast club having to spend any money.
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"Joness fitness brochure in the last two seasons has been nothing succinct of horrendous. Hes . Is he really going to be able to prosper at Southampton after such a lengthy interval on the sidelines? I seriously question it.
"He has shown in the foregone that he can be a classy operator, having won the Premier League at United and received for his country. However, those days appear to be dilatory him now, and he has not shown anywhere near his prime coagulate in foregone years.
"Southampton finished the 2020/21 season poorly as they . They lack to take in players who can upgrade the atmosphere at the club, not an injury-prone defender who ought be lacking equal sharpness. Even notwithstanding he could be available on a free, Jones is not the rectify actor for the Saints amend now. Avoid this move."
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"There leave obviously be concerns over Southampton signing a 29-year-old who has only made Premier League starts in the last three seasons and plummeted an almighty system since his days as an England regular.
"But there is device about the manner Manchester United not only coach their players but moreover upgrade them that often makes them such valuable funds for clubs a rarely lesser down the table. Throughout the years there own been some great examples of this - Phil Neville, who hastily established himself as David Moyes Everton skipper after leaving Old Trafford, Darren Fletcher, who was hailed as a bulky distort at West Brom by , and John OShea, who became the linchpin of Sunderlands precaution for six lifeless Premier League seasons.
"Now, it must be mentioned that all of these players featured prominently for their respective clubs after leaving United, and its not pronounced whether Jones is capable of that bearing in temperament his . But it also shouldnt be forgotten that Fletcher spent around three-and-a-half years in the solitude due to health reasons before before creation in two consecutive seasons for the Baggies.
"Likewise, Pulis analysis of Fletcher tells the bigger story of why Jones could be such a smart signing for Saints: He’s got such a celebrated nature and it’s been wonderful for some of the kids to lawful see how he goes about things... He’s been brought up by Sir Alex so he’s got wonderful standards. He does everything remedy from getting in early, eating properly and living his life properly. He is a fantastic guy and a tremendous professional.
"And that is what ex-United stars can name clubs like Southampton - a quotation point for the quality of professionalism and commitment required to really perform it to the top of the game. For a staff that has traditionally always brought in young, emerging talents before nascent them more and selling at a profit, having someone like Jones around could be a major asset in that respect, even if keeping link may well preserve to be an proceed for him."
"Although it is abundantly recognizeable that Southampton lack to do some alterations to their safeguard this summer after conceding 68 goals in the Premier League last season, a transact for Phil Jones may turn out to be a major error.
"Whilst the defender does possess a prosperity of experience at this superiority having made during his career, his inability to stay interlock in preceding years is a major concern.
"Having missed the entirety of the previous campaign due to injury, there is no guarantee that the defender commit be an promote on the likes of Jan Bednarek and Jannik Vestergaard.
"Instead of receipt a major risk on a artist who has been forced to guard on from the sidelines for a prolonged period, Southampton must to handle their axle to drafting up a list of replacements for Danny Ings who and is currently from Tottenham Hotspur."
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