Vital Football

Latest Blackburn Rovers News

Big Sam to treat Jones with kid gloves

Big Sam to treat Jones with kid gloves

Big Sam Allardyce will be keeping a firm eye on defender Phil Jones this season - to keep the young man away from the clutches of burnout.

Jones was a star at the back end of last season and expectations will be high for the upcoming campaignbut Big Sam will rest Jones from time to time as he is wary of keeping Jones fresh.

Sam even uses Michael Owen as an example of what can happen when you thrust too much on a young player too soon.

Jones, speaking to Sky Sports said - 'Phil is 18 and you have to take into account the delicate state of his body, he has not matured into an adult yet.

'When you are playing in the top league in the world it can be a huge risk if he is overplayed.

'The perfect example is Michael Owen.Liverpool overplayed him at 18. All of a sudden he is riddled with hamstring injuries and despite only being 30 he is now struggling to recapture the form from when he was 21.

'We have to guard against that.'

Jones is in line to make his England Under 21 debut next Tuesday against Uzbekistan, marking a meteoric rise from reserve/youth player to the second top level in the game within 12 months.

But Allardyce is keen to keep close tabs on the young fledgling.

Sam continued - 'I will manage the situation the best way I possibly can, which really would be for the rest of the team to play at their best so I can give Phil a little rest here and there.

'It won't happen in the Under 21s because Stuart Pearce will want him most games, which is understandable.

'I don't want to put too much pressure on him because he might take a dip from last season.

'If he does that we will take him to one side until he is ready to come back in. We will not destroy his confidence.'

Join The Vital Debate



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Mikey Delap
Date:Friday August 6 2010
Time: 9:17AM

Comments

0
Kind of makes sense even if I would like to see him play all the time!!!
Mikey Delap
06/08/2010 09:19:00
0
I would nurture him too, he is a good prospect and a game here and a game there is plenty for this season imo
glen9mullan
06/08/2010 22:45:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Blackburn Rovers Articles

Stats: Bradford v Blackburn Rovers

All the stats from Bradford (0) vs (1) Blackburn Rovers, Valley Parade, 19/8/17 Att: 21,403

Team Sheets - Bradford v Blackburn - 19-8-17

Blackburn go to Valley Parade as the visitors to Bradford for the latest League 1 game.

Follow On Twitter - Bradford v Blackburn - 19-8-17

Blackburn go to Valley Parade as the visitors to Bradford today, this will be a 3pm kick-off.

Vital League One Preview - 19th August 2017

The 2017-18 season continues with the latest round of games this weekend, 19th August.

Archived Vital Blackburn Articles

Vital Blackburn articles from

Site Journalists

Walker
Editor email
Profile
VitalRovers
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Bradford MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Raya0%
Caddis0%
Ward0%
Mulgrew0%
Williams0%
Smallwood0%
Evans0%
Bennett0%
Dack0%
Conway0%
Samuel0%
Sub - Gladwin0%
Sub - Whittingham0%
Sub - Antonsson0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Blackburn Rovers Results (view all)

Blackburn Rovers Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.@roverseas2
2.Walker1
3.rover501
The Vital Football Members League