Clarets Interested In Jordan Jones
Burnley are monitoring Northern Ireland winger Jordan Jones ahead of the January transfer window. The winger has been starring for Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premier League, prompting an international call-up from Michael O’Neill who also handed him the No 7 shirt for their World Cup play-off against Switzerland.
The Northern Ireland manager believes Jones has the potential to become an established Premier League player, fulfilling promise he first showed as a trainee at Middlesbrough. Jones was given the number seven shirt as an incentive because the shirt is symbolic among Irish fans with the great George Best.
Jones is a firm favourite at Kilmarnock utilising his pace and skill to good effect and improving under the tutelage of manager Steve Clarke. He has made 19 appearances this season and scored two goals but his pace and trickery consistently helps set up chances for teammates. This has alerted Premier League Burnley as they scour the market for bargains while Championship side Norwich City have also taken notice.
Jones made his first team debut for Middlesbrough as a 19-year-old but admitted was left ‘heartbroken’ when he was released by the club. It followed on from his part in a street attack which saw a friend of his sent to prison. Jones has since described how he vowed to be “a different person’ as a result and has got his life back in order with football. I’ve learned the hard way, made the worst mistakes you can make, I’ve made them and I know I won’t do it again.”