Southampton’s on-loan defender Alfie Jones is flourishing at League One outfit Gillingham in an unfamiliar role for the youngster.
The twenty-two-year-old defender signed a season-long loan deal with the Gills in the summer after impressing in the SPFL last season with St Mirren. He’s made a great start to life in Kent, making eleven appearances so far and he produced another eye-catching performance last time out in the Gills 3-1 over Southend United, scoring the opening goal.
Jones has spent much of his fledgeling career at centre-back but Gills boss Steve Evans has recently successfully deployed the youngster as a holding midfielder, and Jones is proving to be a big hit in the new role.
Jones is yet to make a first-team outing for the Premier League club, but his all-action performances in the heart of Gillingham’s midfield have quickly made him a firm fan favourite with the Gills faithful and will no doubt be impressing Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl who will surely be watching his progress with interest.
Having made himself a key man in Steve Evans team, Jones is once again set to feature for the Gills when they visit Portsmouth at the weekend.
Jones is contracted at St Mary’s until the summer of 2021, so his Southampton career is quickly reaching the make-or-break point.
He’s been outstanding for Gillingham in his new position and must be impressing the watching Southampton staff monitoring his progress.
However, the question remains whether he is good enough for the Premier League.
The Saints have an excellent record of bringing through youngsters, and we feel Jones is good enough to be the next one to make his mark in the top flight whether it be in defence or midfield.
Indeed, many Saints fans are calling for his recall in January to help a team that is currently struggling to get going in the Premier League this season.