Back on July 2nd, Gillingham confirmed the signing of Alfie Jones on a season-long loan from Southampton.
In September, we outlined just how well the 22-year-old was performing at the Priestfield Stadium, making his way into the WhoScored League One Team of the Week – intriguingly, Jones was impressing while being deployed in centre-midfield, defensive-midfield and also at centre-back.
This eye-catching form has once again reared it’s not-so-ugly head recently.
Specifically, the last outing against Shrewsbury saw Jones grab a 26th minute assist for former Crystal Palace man Stuart O’Keefe’s goal, while also delivering a solid performance throughout.
Additionally, the Gills No.14 registered two successful tackles, two clearances and one interceptions, while also finding a target with four of his attempted seven long balls.
Gillingham’s official Twitter account also retweeted a statistical compilation of his display, in which it is stated that Jones won 100% of his aerial duels and 100% of his ground duels – it was a truly solid showing, and one that helped Steve Evans’ men into 12th place in League One.
— Gillingham FC (@TheGillsFC) January 30, 2020
Jones’ display against Shrewsbury continues what is seemingly turning out to be a fruitful adventure two leagues below where his parent club reside.
He is getting an excellent amount of game-time under Evans – the game against Shrewsbury was his 32nd outing of the season in all competitions – while his WhoScored match history will tell you that he has played 90 minutes in every single one of those appearances, 2430 minutes in total.
In a competitive division, under a manager who clearly trusts him, Jones is gaining valuable experience while also playing in a number of different positions – Ralph Hasenhuttl presumably can’t be much happier with how the loanee’s stint away from St Mary’s is going.
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