Liverpool have gone from famine to feast in terms of options in the first team. Last term the boss had to make do with what he had, now he has rotation options aplenty. As a result one midfielder has struggled for game time. Arsenal icon Ian Wright thinks that Curtis Jones has been dropped due to his attitude.
Last term we saw Curtis Jones really cement himself as a first team player at Liverpool.
The Reds’ injury crisis left the midfield depleted as players were either ruled out or conscripted into the defence.
Jones finished the season with 29 appearances across the Champions League and Premier League.
He was a ray of hope in an otherwise dismal campaign, one which was written off by November.
Ian Wright on Curtis Jones
This term the Scouser has failed to start a Premier League game.
The home grown lad has also failed to start a game in the European Cup.
Jones’ first start of the season came this week in the EFL Cup.
Speaking on the Seaman Says Podcast, Ian Wright had his say on why Curtis Jones isn’t getting the same minutes as last term:
“Now he’s on the fringe again and it’s probably because Curtis has a bit of a ‘here I am’ a bit of a swagger. The manager won’t like that. He’ll say ‘know your place, this is about the team’ and he’s been benched a little bit because of those reasons I believe, and that’s what we all believe.”
What RTK has to say
It’s a hard disagree from me, Ian.
Curtis Jones has fallen down the pecking order because key players are back in contention.
He was never going to get 29 appearances last term if the team hadn’t been so ravaged by injuries.
This campaign will show us more accurately where he is with his development and if that means coming off the bench in the league whilst starting in the cups then so be it.
In the coming years he’ll edge further into the squad, there’s no rush.