Former Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce has claimed that Manchester United’s Phil Jones was ‘one of the top two’ young players that he’d ever worked with when the pair were together at Ewood Park.
The 29-year-old centre-back burst into Allardyce’s side in the back end of the 2009/10 campaign, making his Premier League debut against Chelsea on the 21st of March 2010. He then played out every minute of the next six league fixtures, before making two appearances from the bench in the last two games of the season.
Speaking to Footy Accumulators, Big Sam heaped praise on his former defender, who recently returned to action for United against Wolves for the first time in over 700 days, and predicts that Jones will prove his doubters wrong despite his struggles in recent years.
“Phil Jones, unbelievable player at 18, 19 at Blackburn Rovers,” He recalled. “Made his debut in the league cup against Nottingham Forest and then made his full league debut against no less a player than Didier Drogba for Chelsea.
“This debut was one of the best debuts that I’d experienced. We drew 1-1 with Chelsea, we had a fantastic season that season and Phil became an integral part of that squad really quickly.
“Probably one of the top two most outstanding young players I’d ever worked with and I’ve had over a thousand games in management, so that shows you how highly I rated him.” Allardyce proclaimed.
“Of course, his career hasn’t flourished recently as much as I would have loved it to at Manchester United, but I certainly hope that he will make a strong comeback, if not at Man United then somewhere else because he deserves to.”
Phil Jones has been praised for his work to get himself back fully fit by his teammates and manager. He will be hoping to revive his footballing career, whether that be at United or elsewhere.
After signing for United in the summer of 2011, Jones has made 225 appearances for the Red Devils and has won six trophies, including a Premier League title.