Time and time again the big clubs around the world fixate an idea on a player that they wish to purchase hoping him to turn his back on his current club and broker a move to another. The Big clubs have been using this tactic to boast themselves, show others that if they want a player they can unsettle him for him to turn his back on his current club. Examples of this technique have involved high profile players like Nicholas Anelka who was adamant he wished to leave Arsenal for the glitz and glamour of Real Madrid to Jermaine Beckford who since Premier League managers admiring his talent, has since put in a transfer request. Respect though must go to Beckford who withdrew his request soon after showing his loyalty to Leeds United.
The latest player who has one of their eyes on the prize is Sunderland’s Kenwyne Jones; the Trinidad and Tobago international has been unsettled by Liverpool. The possibility of playing at Anfield and in front of the Kop has distracted Jones from his current job which is to score goals for Sunderland. I would understand if Rafa Benitez had come out and said that Liverpool wish to sign Jones and no one else, but there are names like Emile Heskey, Roque Santa Cruz and Milan Jovanovic all in the frame of a possible move to Liverpool. Surely for Jones, if he wishes to move he should show Benitez that he is worth the £13million price tag, but no Jones has become fixated with the possibility and that’s all it is a chance, of moving.
But Jones’ performances have let him down, with Sunderland boss Steve Bruce blaming the ‘nonsense which has been written about him’, believe Bruce to be talking about Liverpool according to The Sun. Before Jones goes all googly-eyed about Liverpool, he needs to understand that life will not be as easy as it is at the Stadium of Light, he would need to break the partnership of Gerrard and Torres which seems to be unbreakable. Otherwise he will only be used as a bench warmer or play whenever Torres or Gerrard are injured. Furthermore Jones will only need to analyze the character that is Rafa Benitez, he is a cautious manager and rarely does he play with two strikers up front. Benitez sticks with his tried and trusted formula of 4-2-3-1 with Gerrard, Benayoun or Kuyt spear heading the three man attack behind Torres or Ngog. It all depends on Jones who wouldn’t want to play for Liverpool, but serious consideration must be taken to ensure that Jones does not regret leaving the Black Cats.
Jones needs to respect the club, the manager and himself and not chase after a deal. He is a good striker and is well worth the money but if he does not get his act together there won’t be a move to even talk about. Jones has only scored one goal in his last 11 matches, and until he focuses on his football he won’t add many more. He needs to understand that it was his football that got him admiration from various clubs and it is only his playing well for his current suitors that well best suit him in the future.