Reports today suggest Sir Alex Ferguson has been scouting Blackburn’s Phil Jones in an attempt to bolster up United’s faltering backline, which has uncharacteristically been leaking soft goals of late.
The Preston born stopper has already been touted in the media as the natural successor to John Terry and a possible England captain of the future and now it seems Jones has added Sir Alex to his ever growing list of admirers.
Although signing a new 5 year contract on the 4th may, after some sparkling Premiership performances for Rovers, would the lure of playing Champions League football on a regular basis and playing alongside some of the best players in the world be to much for 18 year old.
With the age of United’s backline being called into question recently, with this likely to be Gary Neville’s last season as a regular. Ferdinand’s injury plagued season continually coming to the forefront and the lack of a dependable deputy to partner Vidic could Jones be the gem that United need to step in and possibly regain the stability that has been so evidently missing at times this season.
Of course interest in Jones is high and United would be competing with Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City to name a few and with European giants Barcelona allegedly keeping tabs they could have there work cut out.
Sir Alex though has the best possible pedigree for bringing through youngsters who go on to become household names whether it be in a United shirt or another top club and maybe if a bid was made and accepted this would be enough to secure the services of a player who has also been played as a holding Midfielder when needed and has proved he is more than comfortable with the ball and not just a possession winner.
Big Sam wouldn’t want to lose the services of a player he has described as a ‘shining light’ in the past. With the proposed take-over of Rovers well into the advanced stages Allardyce will want to build a team round his prized asset and not return to the stigma that Rovers are a selling club. But with player power at an all time high are 5 year contracts worth the paper they are written on.
Only time will tell.
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