Dean Jones believes West Ham United will do well to land 23-year-old English wide man Isaiah Jones from Middlesbrough.
Dean Jones has told Give Me Sport that Premier League side West Ham United are keeping close tabs on Middlesbrough star Isaiah Jones.
The 23-year-old has been a consistent performer for the Riverside club, notching up 64 appearances for across all competitions, scoring three goals and assisting 12 more. A right-winger, Jones is capable of playing anywhere along the frontline. He is equally capable of performing as a right wing-back.
Jones’s contract with Middlesbrough runs until 2025, giving them plenty of leverage when it comes to negotiations. Despite the player attracting attention from not just West Ham, but also Crystal Palace, a deal could prove difficult.
Despite not kicking off the 2022/23 campaign in top gear, Jones believes West Ham United will not be put off from attempting to land the 23-year-old. Whether they will succeed remains to be seen.
A good dribbler, Jones has an eye for a pass and is quite capable of splitting open defences. It augurs well for a Hammers side that has found the back of the net just 11 times in their first 13 league matches this season. To put that into context, only the bottom two sides, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest have scored fewer goals.
David Moyes often employs Jarrod Bowen in the right-wing spot for West Ham. He is currently the club’s joint top scorer this season with four goals but has lacked the dynamism he showed regularly in the last couple of years.
Bringing in Jones will keep Bowen on his toes and also provide Moyes with an alternative in the role. It should help him manage the squad better and keep players fresh over the course of the season. More so, at 23, he is of the right age to take his game to the next level.
Moyes has a track record of getting the best out of his players, and Jones could benefit from the same. While adapting to the Premier League will not be easy, the likes of James Maddison and Bowen himself have shown that it is achievable.
Should Jones turn around his poor form soon, there is every reason it could force West Ham’s hand into making their move for his signature.