A superb debut from Blackburn’s Phil Jones
If you’re a centre-back making your Premiership debut, the one striker you don’t want to come up against is Didier Drogba. Skilful, strong and a great goalscorer, Drogba is almost unplayable on his day.
This was the situation faced by 18-year-old Phil Jones at Ewood Park this weekend. Making his first Premiership appearance, he was deployed alongside Christopher Samba, and Drogba deliberately put himself up against Jones, rather than Samba, for aerial battles.
Whilst Drogba opened the scoring early on, Jones recovered to mark Drogba out of the game for the remaining 85 minutes. This Chalkboard shows how successful he was in challenges both on the floor and in the air:
He was also constantly in the right place at the right time to make important clearances – and more often than not, it was a successful clearance:
He’s already been compared to John Terry by his manager on the back of this performance – and whilst that might be a touch premature, it was an outstanding debut.