The Sun has recently reported that Aston Villa are eyeing a move for Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones this summer. It has been mentioned that the Villans could launch a bid of around £15m to secure the signature of the English playmaker during this summer transfer window.
Jones’ Impressive Rise At Merseyside Recently
Jones did well to serve as a valuable squad player at Anfield last season as he put in some eye-catching displays at the heart of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield. The 20-year-old registered four goals and five assists in 34 appearances for the Reds in the previous campaign on all fronts.
The English midfield ace contributed in little ways at both ends of the pitch after he averaged 0.7 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, 0.8 shots, 0.5 key passes and 0.9 dribbles per game in the Premier League last season. He even distributed the ball exceptionally well from midfield, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 92.2% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).
Jones is still under contract at Liverpool until the summer of 2025, so the Villans could find it difficult to convince the Merseyside club to sell their prized asset this summer unless they are willing to make a big offer for the player’s services.
What Will Jones Bring To Villa Park?
Jones has developed a knack for scoring some important goals from midfield as he can strike the ball purely and with a lot of power. He can also create some decent plays for others around him and is usually a tidy passer of the ball in the opposition half. Jones is primarily a box-to-box midfielder but can also play as a wide player on the left flank if needed.
The English talent is proficient at closing the opposition down high up the field and fits into Klopp’s playing style quite well. However, the promising youngster still has a lot to learn before he can establish himself as a regular starter in top-flight football.
We can expect Jones to bring some goals and creativity to Smith’s midfield department and is good enough to rival Marvelous Nakamba, Douglas Luiz, John McGinn and Morgan Sanson for a regular starting place at Villa Park this season.
The Villans have the lure of regular first-team football to tempt Jones but Dean Smith will struggle to convince the Reds into doing business as the Liverpool-born sensation is still under a long-term contract. Hence, the Villa boss would be better off opting for a loan move if he is serious about landing the player before the transfer deadline on August 31st.