Khamis, 9 Jun 2011
Phil Jones - new United's defender?
Jones made the breakthrough in the 2009-10 season under Sam Allardyce at Blackburn and quickly established himself as one of the game's hottest young players with a succession of top performances.
Having made his league debut at home to Chelsea, he played at right-back, centre-back and in midfield for Blackburn but models himself on John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Michael Dawson and favours playing in the centre of defence.
Jones signed a new contract at Rovers in February 2011 that would keep him at Ewood Park for a further five years but Manchester United swooped to agree a deal in the region of £16 million just a few months later.
Strengths: Fast and powerful, Jones' versatility serves him well as he can play as a defender or a holding midfielder.
Weaknesses: A little headstrong at times and can get caught out of position. Lacks experience in his decision making.
Career high: A call-up to the England Under-21 squad was the result of his breakthrough into the Blackburn first XI.
Career low: A cartilage knee injury kept him out for three months between December and March and threatened to upset his season.
Style: Powerful, strong, an uncompromising defender.