Jordan Henderson and Phil Jones: Great Business by the North West Giants

by Michael Healey

Friday, June 10th, 2011
 

The two prized England Under 21 internationals Jordan Henderson and Phil Jones have recently moved from their respective clubs to two North West giants separated by the East Lancs road. As Liverpool were busy tying up a deal for Sunderland midfield all rounder Jordan Henderson, Manchester United were seemingly busy beating other Premier League heavyweights, including Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, to the signing of Blackburn Rovers defender Phil Jones.

The interest in both players has come about due to both players having fantastic seasons for their respective former clubs. Henderson in particular had a stellar season for the Black Cats, playing 37 games, scoring 3 goals and providing his team with 4 assists.

It was Henderson’s versatility that attracted the attention of Manchester City and Manchester United earlier in the season. When the transfer window reopened in January both Manchester clubs were said to be prepared to go to a bidding war of up to £25 million to secure the services of the Sunderland born youngster. Neither move ever materialised and Henderson continued to play in a Sunderland team that struggled towards the latter part of the season.

With only seven days of the transfer window gone, Liverpool pounced on their man. With details of the move being linked over social networking site, Twitter, it became clear the Reds were intending on bringing the youngster to Anfield. The move was finally announced two days later for a fee of around £16 million as the player jetted back to Denmark to meet up with the England Under 21 set up prior to opening match against Spain.

It was a similar set of circumstances for Blackburn centre back Phil Jones. Already in preparation for the opening encounter with favourites Spain, news broke of Manchester United having a bid accepted by his current employer. As Jones got permission from England Under 21 manager Stuart Pearce to leave their Danish base to head to Old Trafford to tie up a deal, reports where coming through that he had spurned both Arsenal and Tottenham.

Harry Redknapp confirmed this with an interview to Sky Sports. Redknapp explained that five top clubs had made offers to sign Jones and that he saw him as a future England defender and possibly an England captain.

Jones has become a sought after figure within the Premier League due to strong, impressive performances at the back for Rovers. A strong, dominating defender perfectly at home in a physical battle willing to throw his body on the line for the cause whilst also being able to use the ball at his feet. Usually deployed at centre half, Jones can also play as a defensive midfielder and this versatility, like Henderson, has earned him a £16 million move.

With two of the finest young English talent moving to top clubs at such as young age (Henderson is 20 and Jones 19) it has shown that there is bright, young home-grown prospects out there that the bigger clubs will look to pick up and will pay expensive amounts of money for them.

Surely this will give every other young English player in the Under 21 Squad, and throughout the academies across the country, the confidence and belief they can make the step up to a world class team.

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  • Charles

    No doubt the two young stars have had a great season and have the potential to become good players in the future. But the price Liverpool and Man U paid for them typifies why some clubs and Arsene refuses to buy English players.
    Their costs are too high. I mean one good season and they are both worth £17 and £16m each? common! The same was the case of Andy Carrol. Considering that Vidic costed Man U £6m, Evra £7m to mention but a few, how can I am quite sure that if Jack Wilshere is for sale he will cost more than Cesc. I still wonder why?

  • lewis

    both had ok seasons, never lit the premiership up. Jones as a full back as everyone is saying is a joke, good at CB but could never play for utd in the next 2-3 years in Centre Mid, unless there playing a 3 in there or a tame team.
    As for henderson, what a bump that was…reporting that utd and city were gonna bid 25mil in january is an absolute joke.
    I agree with charles that in this day JW19 probably would cost more than Fab4 which is a joke in itself.
    henderson probably worth abouth 8million max, jones maybe a fraction more…and thats still paying over the odds.

  • darren

    considering you can get Samir Nasri for 10m it’s the best bit of business of all time!

  • AmItheonlysaneone

    Good seasons????? 1 played in a defence that just avoided relegation, has had a major injury and the other played in a team that couldn’t win a game in the second half of the season. Vastly overpriced, bought by teams that will never make a profit. Get a bet on no one from Man U FA Youth Cup team making over 25 games for 1st team, ever.

  • OZTHEMAN

    Sadly Jones has the pottential and ability to be an England captain he has great ball reading abilities and is strong but his best feature is his ability with the ball,calm and comfortable, when I read that Utd had bought him for £16m I thought he was stolen off us, but Indians are good business people and that is the amount to talk to him. He is worth more than Henderson any day,but I WOULD say that as a Rovers season ticket holder..also UTD did pay 30m for Rio.. I will miss him but I hope that the money is reinvested in a decent defender as the Venky’s have promised.

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