TSG ran a feature last week proposing that one of our multitude of quality defensive central mids should take a stab at a wingback position.
With with wealth of talent at holding midfielder, it would be difficult–a player would have less than a 17% shot–of starting on the pitch there.
Obviously Jermaine Jones, he of the lore, but not the USMNT cap resume, factored into our discussion. There is probably no other player in terms of ability, place, and role who’s inclusion is as much a factor.
TSG reader Kevin made some good comments in our piece and also did one better by sending us a video. Thanks Kevin for getting our piece started.
What follows are two videos of the German enigma.
Kevin’s video, the first one, is a Jermaine Jones “lights” real–at least that’s what we’re calling it as there seems to feature quite a bit of replay of missed goals and yellow-card provoking tackles more than highlights themselves.
One thing you can see is Jones is penchant to get up the pitch and factor in the offense.
Our favorite part is right after the 5 min mark, when Jones makes what appears to be a great come-from-behind tackle, yet gets booked probably due to his volatile history.
Probably the next more entertaining part of the video is the closing section where Jones is “adamant” about making a upfield run on the flank. Now, my brother will disagree with me here, but Jones actions are probably just what we need when taking on the Mexican, Costa Rican, or say Guatemalan national teams.
Jones will continue our tradition of volatile, foul-prone central mids (Pabl0, John O’Brien, Mike Bradley to name a few). Beyond giving the young Bradley a run for his money on bookings, he’s also going to push Bradley or Ricardo Clark for their jobs.
Note, the video is quite redundant at times.
The second video we found is perhaps more–chuckle–artistic, but focus a little more on Jones ability with and without the ball.
You can see here Jones:
– can track up and down the pitch with abandon.
– is strong on the ball
– and can post thread the pass and shoot from the center of the pitch.
Vote in our poll the right–which we probably just compromised–about what player you want to see the most who has not featured for the USMNT yet this year.
(Note: For those not in the know, Jones has been out all summer with a leg fracture. More on his status here.)
Going to be fun to see what happens when this guy is introduced into Bob Bradley’s squad.