Curtis Jones is currently in the midst of an exhilarating breakout season with boyhood club Liverpool.
The Reds’ youngster has made 29 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring four goals and providing as many assists.
Having now firmly forged a place in Jurgen Klopp’s squad, the 20-year-old has earned plenty of praise for his performances, with the likes of former Reds’ hero Jamie Carragher labelling his displays as ‘outstanding’.
He also played a pivotal role in Liverpool’s victory at Sheffield United, scoring the opening goal when it looked likely that the reigning Premier League champions would be left frustrated.
His rise in stature within the Liverpool camp has coincided with a stark rise in his transfer valuation. Guy Rogers, founder of Five Yards, suggests that Jones is now worth ‘£50m’.
Whilst Jones certainly has the potential to become a high-valued Premier League player, caution has to be taken. At the current time, Transfermarkt value him at just over £15m – a huge disparity.
The England U21 looks likely to establish himself further in the Reds’ lineup, however, too much pressure and expectation could see him stutter – as has happened at Anfield on many occasions.
In recent times, those progressing through the club’s youth academy have faltered in very similar situations.
Between them, they only made 105 league appearances for the Reds. Indeed, their five current transfer values (via Transfermarkt) only reach £25.2m – a tiny bit over half that what Jones is worth, according to Rogers.
Whilst they were never valued quite as high as the current Reds’ youngster is right now, that makes it all the more concerning. Should Jones not continue his upward trajectory, then he has the longest distance to fall from his monumental transfer valuation.
Based on his current showings in the Reds’ midfield, there is no reason why Jones couldn’t live up to that £50m billing but supporters should be cautious before piling too much pressure on the Toxteth-born star.