Tottenham should forget move for Phil Jones

According to The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur are keeping tabs on Manchester United defender Phil Jones ahead of a potential move this summer.

What’s the story?

Jones is one of a number of United stars out of contract at the end of this season, but it is understood that the Red Devils will soon activate a 12-month extension.

It is thought that the activation is purely to protect the value of the defender, however, rather than to reflect his importance to the team.

According to The Sun, Tottenham are closely monitoring developments surrounding the Englishman, and could launch a bid at the end of the season.

Jones was once regarded as one of the best young talents in the English game, but the former Blackburn Rovers defender has just not kicked on over the last few seasons.

It is not too difficult to see why the deal is attractive for Tottenham when considering that he could be available for a small fee, but Spurs really should swerve a move for the error-prone 26-year-old.

Why should Tottenham forget Jones?

Sir Alex Ferguson once claimed that Jones could go on to become one of United’s greatest ever players.

There is no question that the 5ft 11in ace has talent, but consistency has been a real problem, and it is difficult to imagine that will ever come.

A hamstring injury has forced Jones to miss some football this season, but he has recently returned to fitness, and still cannot break into a United defence which has been poor at best in the early weeks of the campaign.

Indeed, Jones has just 58 minutes of Premier League football to his name this term, and that was a pretty rotten cameo against Tottenham at Old Trafford.

The 27-time England international might yet go on to realise his potential, but Tottenham should forget a move at this stage.