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Crystal Palace eyeing Isaiah Jones

Crystal Palace are reportedly considering a move for Middlesbrough right-back Isaiah Jones in the January transfer window, and the youngster could prove to be the next Aaron Wan-Bissaka at Selhurst Park.

According to Alan Nixon, Palace are keen on bringing the 23-year-old to south London in the winter transfer window, having missed out on signing him in 2019 when he was with Tooting and Mitcham just five miles away.

Instead, Jones signed for Middlesbrough, where he has established himself as one of the most exciting young defenders in the Championship in recent years.

After loan spells with St Johnstone and Queen of the South, the latter of which saw him notch six assists in just 12 appearances, Jones returned to the Riverside Stadium and has been a key fixture in the Boro side ever since.

In 63 appearances for the Teessiders, the versatile right-sided player has contributed three goals and 12 assists, including two goals and three assists in 15 Championship appearances this season.

Despite a tricky start to the campaign which saw Chris Wilder sacked, Jones has still been on top form for Middlesbrough, with WhoScored ranking him as the squad’s top performer so far this season with an average rating of 6.9/10.

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Patrick Vieira could well be in the market for a right-back considering he has just Joel Ward (32) and Nathaniel Clyne (31) as options in that role. The latter is currently out injured, while both are approaching the end of their careers at the top level.

Therefore, Jones could be an exciting young prospect for Vieira to have in his squad and would surely add some attacking quality in defence which the Eagles arguably lack at the moment, with the full-backs having contributed no goals and just one assist between them so far this season.

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If the youngster does join Palace and become a hit, he could follow in the footsteps of Wan-Bissaka, who starred at Selhurst Park as a right-back before earning a £50m move to Manchester United in 2019.

While Jones’ main strength is in his attacking play and Wan-Bissaka’s was defending, there is little doubt that the 23-year-old could prove to be “fantastic” (in the words of Middlesbrough’s Dael Fry) should he join Vieira’s side in January, and he could be the next English youngster that Palace develop and sell on for a big fee.

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