The more we edge closer to the January transfer window, the more we are being linked with a move for Man Utd’s forgotten man Phil Jones.
The Athletic reported last month that he was on our radar, Eurosport claimed earlier this week that Bruce has contacted Michael Carrick to ask about his fitness and now the Northern Echo reckon a loan bid is imminent for the former England international.
Although the 28-year-old has plenty Premier League experience – something Bruce seemed intent on adding to his squad over the summer – I can’t help but feel he’s no better than our current options and a waste of a precious domestic loan slot.
The worst and most baffling part is, it feels like we’ve loaned out a centre-back who’s better than the one we’re trying to bring in.
Yes, I’m talking about Florian Lejeune, the man who’s been one of La Liga’s standout centre-backs in recent weeks, putting in some top class displays in Spain to earn Alaves surprise results over Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Maybe the Frenchman would have fizzled out this season and left on a free next summer had he stayed and struggled to force his way back into Bruce’s plans, but I’d far rather have him back than pay a big chunk of Jones’ £100,000-per-week wage packet!
Lejeune may have had his injury issues, but it’s not like Jones had form or fitness on his side, with him making just TWO Premier League appearances over the past few seasons.
It’s easy to say in hindsight, however the signing of Phil Jones would be bizarre in isolation – and only looks even more baffling when arguably our most in-form centre-back is currently starring in Spain, not St James’ Park!