Newcastle United fans have been sent into an uproar on social media following latest transfer speculation linking them with a move for Phil Jones.
According to the Mirror, the Magpies are set to hand the Manchester United centre-back a chance to remain in the top-flight as manager Steve Bruce is keen to clinch him this summer.
The 28-year-old could be free to leave the Red Devils for £12m with game time hard to come by under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the Norwegian has opted for skipper Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof as his first-choice pairing.
It’s fair to say that supporters at St James’ Park are not behind the move, considering their reactions below.
Here’s what has been said…
If we pay money for Phil Jones it will truly be our rock bottom as a football club.
— Barry Blakely (@BarryBlakely) March 15, 2020
Let West Ham have him, he’s awful
— nick entwisle (@NEntwisle) March 15, 2020
Why do we want to buy the worst English centre half in the premier league ?
— ALAN POTTER (@ALANPOTTER9) March 15, 2020
He is utter rubbish
— David Burdis (@mintydave01) March 15, 2020
— Mark Redpath (@mcredpath1) March 15, 2020
— Life, & Other Lessons (@AHaleytweets) March 15, 2020
I’d rather play with 10 men that have that clown on the pitch
— Stan Daroli (@standaroli) March 15, 2020
He’s not good enough. Absolute waste of money.
— Martin Ormston (@martyorm) March 15, 2020
Of what could actually be published, Jones was blasted for being a “clown” as well as a “donkey” whilst one supporter claimed he would be an “absolute waste of money” as he isn’t up to the standards of the Premier League.
A further member of the Magpies faithful went as far as saying that it would be “rock bottom” for the club if they signed the Englishman.
This was reinforced by others who slammed him for being “rubbish” and “garbage.”
It has led to question marks over whether Newcastle are actually in need of signing another centre-back.
Currently, Steve Bruce has an array of options to choose from, no fewer than five in fact with captain Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar, Federico Fernandez, Ciaran Clark and Florian Lejeune all at his disposal.
Which is why some fans are claiming that Jones isn’t an upgrade on any of the above…
How is he going to get regular action here when lascelles, schar, lejuene, clark and Fernandes are all better than him
— Shaun (@ShaunGrey22) March 15, 2020
All of our centre backs are better than him though
— Luksu🔅 (@_nufcLuke) March 15, 2020
He’s WORSE than what we have #nufc
— Phillwillkill (@Phillwillkill) March 15, 2020
One supporter made a bold comparison to Steven Taylor, who left Tyneside after over ten years at the club with injuries wreaking havoc to his career.
Steven Taylor MKII
— Guy N. Cognito (@Sheffieldmagpie) March 15, 2020
While others were not surprised that a manager like Bruce was in for Jones with a further fan believing the 59-year-old should face the sack if these reports are true before suggesting that there were better options out there.
If Steve Bruce really wants Phil Jones, he should get sacked. Mike Ashley should absolutely veto this move. Dont spend a penny on that player. Much better options out there @Nufc #nufc https://t.co/7LBmLHejLO
— 👉LDG👈 (@LockdownGames93) March 15, 2020
Signing Phil Jones would be a proper Bruce signing. Dear god!
— Steven Edgar (@StevenE01103369) March 15, 2020
So the only two blokes interested in a fraud like Jones is Bruce and Moyes. Dinosaur club.
— Ali Al-Mufti (@AliAlMufti86) March 15, 2020
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