Manchester United defender Phil Jones could take a huge step down in his career after suggestions that Hull City are interested in signing him this summer.
Jones has had a turbulent Man United career. After his arrival at the club for, what was then, a staggering £16.75million, there was great excitement regarding his potential. Aged 19, he had impressed for Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League and would go on to be described by Sir Alex Ferguson as having the potential to be one of the club’s greatest ever players.
Now, he is regarded as a somewhat comical figure following more time on the sidelines than playing football for consecutive seasons. He has been plagued with injury issues and his future is not clear. Some reports suggested Jose Mourinho sees him as Man United’s John Terry and would like to keep him at the club.
Should that not be the case, the Daily Mail report that Hull City would like to take Jones and make him a key player within their team after promotion to the Premier League at the first attempt, having been relegated in the 2014/15 season. Steve Bruce remains manager of the Tigers and provides a historic link with United, especially as a Premier League-winning centre-back.
If Jones is not wanted by Mourinho then Hull could provide a good option. On the face of things, it appears to be a huge step down but if Jones was to become the main man in the team and he’ll be able to make it happen at the KC Stadium. However, the Mail report Hull are waiting to make a bid rather than simply an enquiry because the future of Bruce is not “100% clear” yet, as the former-Red has admitted himself.
While Jones has been plagued by injuries, he still has potential. At 24, he needs to fulfil it very soon if he is to be trusted by Mourinho. His unwillingness to avoid charging into tackles, often causing himself injury, has drawn critics and he needs to improve if he wants to stay at Old Trafford next season. However, the constant criticism of Jones is unwarranted because he has previously put in extremely good peformances for the club, particularly against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in the UEFA Champions League.