Buy a top CB this window to accompany Mike and let him fight for it next season, assess after that, he's still young yet but if he doesn't / can't alter his playing style and use his brain more then he's fucked.
When we signed him 5 years ago I really thought we'd signed our future captain and the future captain of England. He had everything you'd want from a top class central defender in terms of his physical attributes. The only thing lacking was a little bit of common sense and calmness in his play which I was certain would come with age.
Fast forward 5 years and Jones is still that over exuberant, mistake prone central defender we signed 5 years ago. If anything he appears to be worse than he was when we first brought him in. Maybe that has been down to injuries but even his injury record is a result of the reckless way he plays.
I'd like to think he could still come good yet as at 24 he's still young for a central defender but I no longer have any confidence that he'll go on to become that great defender we all thought he'd be. He's stagnated here and if I'm being completely honest I think it's time he was moved on. We need a defender who we can rely on.
I have grown fond of the Smalling - Blind duo, but if another manager is to come next year I'm not sure he'll feel the same way about them. Then you have all the media claiming that Jones is a Mourinho type of player (I honestly don't see the resemblance with Terry) makes me wonder if by any chance he stays fit for more than a month he might have something to add to the team.
Jones : had potential, has been careless, has been injured most of the time. I'd keep him for now, and give him one last season because he's still only 24 and that's precisely when Smalling clicked all of a sudden and became a beast. But I would buy an experienced quality CB nonetheless to form a solid core with Smalling and Blind. It will also be easier to give youngsters a fair chance once we have established that core (McNair, TFM?)
One last season for him, we have not much to lose, have we? As long as it doesn't prevent us from investing in an experienced CB I am ok with him staying.
Daily Fail on the question we are all asking ourselves
Manchester United thought Phil Jones would be the next Duncan Edwards, so what happened to Sir Alex Ferguson's favourite?
There are decisions to make for Jones this summer. He still has three years remaining on his deal but - as he reaches his peak years - may look for a move away to a number of possible suitors. He is a player who possesses a genuine thirst for the game. The weekends without it will be hurting.
I see people throwing themselves off cliffs over it, which is funny.
Let's face it, you can spin this any way you want, positive or negative, but if he is prepared to be a squad player sliding down the pecking order on the way out of the door at some point down the line, then it's a good deal because we get some money. And on his day, with a good run of games behind him, he's a solid defender.
Main concern is obviously how much a 'bed-blocker' to the youth is he going to be. 'Koulibaly' / Lindelof / Bailly would be your main three. Smalling next, then jones. Where do you fit Axel etc in?
You would also imagine Rojo is out the door in the Summer.