Ian Wright has hailed the development of Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones, who in recent weeks, has firmly established himself as a first team regular.
Speaking on the Wrighty’s House Podcast, Wright claimed that the 19-year-old Liverpool academy graduate could be in contention to make Gareth Southgate’s squad for the European Championship next summer.
Jones has featured in each of Liverpool’s previous six Premier League matches, including starts against Wolves, Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur.
The West Derby has stepped up immeasurably in the absence of key Liverpool personnel such as Thiago Alcantara, James Milner, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Xherdan Shaqiri.
Wright believes Jurgen Klopp has uncovered a complete player who is already turning over MOTM performances for the English champions.
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“When you watch him, he’s done brilliantly to this point, he just looks like a complete player already,” said Wright.
“Can Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shift him? He is the future and he’s probably going to be there for many years. He’s fantastic, unbelievable.
“He could go to the Euros. I’m not saying he’s Jack Grealish but he can play in that role, where he’s in advance of the midfield, see a pass and get into the box.
“He’s got everything. He could be easily a surprise addition (to England’s squad for the Euros).”
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Wright mentioning both Jones and Grealish in the same capacity is timely given the Reds have been touted with a move for the Aston Villa captain, as per The Mirror.
While Grealish is certainly an exciting player and amongst the top performers in the league this season, there are a number of factors to suggest this move will not materialise into anything concrete.
Putting aside his eye-watering £100 million price-tag, if Liverpool were to sign Grealish, it would put him in direct competition with Jones.
Both are very similar players and spending a nine-figure sum on a player just to block another youngster’s pathway makes little sense.
That’s the balance, here. Liverpool cannot afford to just sign elite players just for the sake of it. The club prefer to prioritise internal solutions which Jones and Rhys Williams have both benefitted from.
Liverpool putting faith in young players does mean they are less inclined to enter the market for options. But if they get it right, it’s the best way to develop the next crop of potential Premier League challengers.
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