Stoke City are reportedly interested in taking Manchester United defender Phil Jones on loan for the rest of the season.
Jone’s future at Old Trafford has been under intense scrutiny following the arrival of Jose Mourinho this summer and it is reported that Potters boss Mark Hughes is keen on making a loan move for the centre-back before the transfer window slams shut at the end of the month.
Stoke see Jones an ideal candidate at the back to partner Ryan Shawcross and should Stoke manage to keep Jones fit it could be a real coup for Hughes side.
However what yet may prove to be a stumbling block is the defenders wages. Should a loan move be agreed between both parties, the defender may have to take a drop in wages to move to the Britannia.
The 24-year-old who was signed from Blackburn Rovers in 2011 for £17m only started six Premier League games last season under former Manchester United head coach Louis Van Gaal and he seems be rated second choice under Mourinho behind Daley Blind and new signing Eric Bailly this term judging by the games played so far this season.
Jones time at Manchester United has brought something of a mixed bag. Having been signed from Blackburn Rovers back in 2011 by Sir Alex Ferguson, the centre-back initially made a promising start to life at Old Trafford before injuries hampered the defender’s progress.
Failure to put a run of consistent games together, followed by uninspiring performances on the field have led to the majority of the united faithfuls thinking that Jones days at the club could well be numbered.
A fresh start for Jones could be exactly what the centre-back needs at this point in his career. For five years now he has tried but ultimately failed to establish himself in the Manchester United side and in moving to the Potters it would give him chance to start all over again.
There would be no flashbacks of injuries, nor any flashbacks of that infamous funny face image of him; it would be a fresh clean slate for the defender and who knows maybe he could finally reach his potential at Stoke. Game time would not be an issue and with Jones likely to be continuing Kamakrazee approach to defending, there is the likelihood of Jones becoming an instant fan favourite amongst the Stoke City faithful.
A move for both Manchester United and Phil Jones seems right at this moment in time. For Jones it’s a chance to make a fresh start and for united a chance to move another player on who wouldn’t be getting game time this season.