Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, Dean Windass has opened up on the possibility of Leeds United signing Phil Jones from Manchester United.
The Whites currently have an extremely depleted defence which was only worsened by an injury blow to Liam Cooper on Sunday evening.
Heading into their clash with Man United last weekend, they were already without Robin Koch and Diego Llorente so Cooper was the only fit senior central defender in the entire squad.
The length of his spell on the sidelines is unknown but it could be a chance for the likes of Pascal Struijk to impress for a few weeks.
Of course, the January transfer window is now just a matter of weeks away and Leeds could look to solve their defensive crisis by exploiting the market.
And one player they could look to move for is English defender Phil Jones. Asked about the possibility when talking to FFC, Windass wasn’t too convinced. He said:
“I don’t think so. I think he’s another one now coming to the end of his career. You know, I think the short term you can get younger centre backs out there now. Leeds at the back need pace, and Phil Jones now is coming to the end of his career.”
“Side point, him alongside Liam Cooper. Yeah experienced but you need pace now in the Premier League. And I’m not saying Phil Jones is slow but he’s coming to the wrong end of his career. So, I might be wrong, they might try signing him.”
Leeds have been linked with Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori on loan but Jones could be a more long-term solution for Marcelo Bielsa and Victor Orta.
Jones’ contract doesn’t expire until 2023 and even then, United have the option for a further year. However, considering he hasn’t played all season, the exit door surely beckons.
Having played 200 Premier League games, he’s certainly what they’re looking for in terms of experience but his injury history isn’t the best. He has picked up 18 separate issues since penning terms at Old Trafford.
Orta needs to consider this one carefully.