Manchester United and Liverpool are expected to be in the transfer market this summer for a tough-tackling holding midfielder. Lewis Addley explores how New England Revolution‘s Jermaine Jones could improve United and Liverpool’s midfield.
Jones has played the majority of his career in Europe and featured in the Champions League quarter finals with German outfit, Schalke. The midfield powerhouse has played in Germany with three different clubs, including Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen.
United have had squad depth issues in midfield in the 2014/15 season with the likes of Michael Carrick out through injury and manager Louis Van Gaal rotating a number of players in a central role.
Liverpool, as we know, have just lost Steven Gerrard to MLS, and at times have lacked stability in the middle of the pitch. Jones is a no nonsense ball-playing midfielder who can break up play and move the ball on to attacking teammates in a tidy fashion. Brendan Rodgers is expected to strengthen his midfield and Jones possesses qualities to play in the holding role.Embed from Getty Images
At 33, a move is purely hypothetical and Jones is playing an integral role, albeit out of position, at New England Revolution. But his experience makes him an ideal candidate for many Premier League clubs. He already has the experience of playing in the Premier League on-loan at Blackburn Rovers back in 2011. On his first appearance for the club he picked up a man of the match award and went on to start 15 games for the club, becoming a fan-favourite.
Jones has also featured in the World Cup and he is the type of calm player suited to playing at the top level. He opted to play for US Men’s National Team after featuring for the German Under-21 side on four occasions. The Revs midfielder missed out on the 2010 World Cup through injury, which was a loss for the US.
There is no suggestion that MLS and Premier League are comparable competitions, but Jones has already proved his worth while playing in Europe.
Is it time for Premier League clubs to start looking further afield than Europe for their signings?