Rangers should keep Jones amid reported Sheffield United, Stoke interest
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Rangers should keep Jones amid reported Sheffield United, Stoke interest

Rangers winger Jordan Jones is reportedly the subject of interest from Premier League club Sheffield United [Daily Mail] and Championship sides Stoke City and Middlesbrough [Daily Mail].

However, the Gers shouldn’t be looking to offload the Northern Ireland international this month.

Jones in Euro 2020 Qualifying action for Northern Ireland against Belarus. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Unfortunately, we’re yet to see the best of Jones in Light Blue. He showed flashes across the opening stages of the season, but a serious knee injury, for which he only has himself to blame, has ensured that he hasn’t featured since September.

Still waiting for his first goal for the club, it’s hard to argue that he’s been an integral part of the hugely encouraging first half of the season.

However, we believe he could offer plenty in 2020.

The 25-year-old isn’t yet the finished article and his end product isn’t always there, but he’s extremely quick and the kind of player who is willing to take defenders on and make things happen.

Jones has a point to prove after picking up a bad injury whilst lashing out in September’s Ibrox Old Firm defeat against Celtic. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Heading into the winter break, the Gers went on an impressive domestic run with the starting XI performing well. If there was a criticism of the squad, though, it’d be that there is currently a lack of dynamic options from the bench.

The return of Jones to the fold can, at least partially, solve that problem without the need to bring a new player in.

The idea of interest from south of the border immediately brings thoughts of a sizeable potential transfer fee. However, Jones is rated at just £675k by Transfermarkt and has been out for some time, so it’s hard to see him commanding anything overly significant this month.

Rangers would be better served holding onto him and seeing what he can offer over the second half of the campaign.

Based on their disappointing first half of the season, Jones is a better option than the likes of Sheyi Ojo and Brandon Barker, and when fully fit, is the second-best out-and-out winger at the club, behind Ryan Kent.

While you’re here, why not check out our January transfer window previews over on our YouTube channel.

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