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Player Analysis: Curtis Jones

Curtis Jones: Who Is He? 

  • Name – Curtis Jones 
  • Age – 01/30/2001 (20 years old)
  • Rookie Season/ Team – 2019 / Liverpool
  • Nationality – English 
  • International Caps (Goals) – 0
  • Position – Central Midfield 
  • Current Team / League – Liverpool / English Premier League

Curtis Jones: Career Overview 

A born-and-bred Scouser, Curtis Jones grew up in the center of Liverpool, joining the red side of Merseyside when he was nine years old. After progressing through the academy, Jones made his Under-23s debut in January 2018, and the next month, he signed his first professional contract. 

His time in the Under-23s squad saw him bag 13 goals in the Premier League 2, racking up six assists over three seasons as well. During this time, Jones was mostly deployed at Left Midfield or Left Wing, although he was also placed in Center and Attacking Midfield occasionally. 

Jones’ senior Liverpool debut came in September 2019 during an EFL Cup game against MK Dons, which Liverpool won 2-0. Jones was awarded Man of the Match for his performance. In the next round, he scored the winning penalty that took Liverpool into the next round, knocking Arsenal out. 

His first goal for Liverpool came in the Merseyside derby – one that famously composed mainly youngsters. Jones’ goal was the only goal of the game, and he followed this goal up a week later in the next round of the FA Cup against Shrewsbury. In the replay, Curtis Jones took the captain’s armband for the first time, becoming Liverpool’s youngest player to do so at just 19 years and 5 days old. 

Jones finished the season with three goals in all competitions and scored his first league goal in a 2-0 win over Aston Villa during a five-minute cameo. As he made five appearances throughout the season, with one start in the draw to Burnley, Jones qualified for a Premier League winners’ medal. 

His Season So Far 

Jones kicked off his season in fine form, scoring two goals in the 7-2 drubbing of Lincoln City in the EFL Cup. He also played the full 90-minutes in the next round against Arsenal, but Liverpool were knocked out on penalties. Jones also appeared in the Champion League group stages, registering an assist against Atalanta away from home, where Liverpool won 5-0. He scored his first Champions LEague goal in December where the Reds beat Ajax 1-0 at Anfield. 

As for the EPL, Jones made his first appearance in the first game of the season, coming on as a substitute in the 4-3 thriller against newly promoted Leeds United. He made several appearances off the bench before enjoying three consecutive starts as Liverpool’s squad was struck by injury. Playing from central midfield, he dictated the play, but did not get his name on the scoresheet or register an assist. 

Jones’ first goal involvement of the season came against West Ham at the end of January where he provided an assist for Mo Salah’s opening goal just after coming off the bench. He scored his first league goal of the season a month later as Liverpool picked up a vital point over bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United. 

How Do His Stats Look?

Eh, they’re okay when you factor in Jones’ age, position, and lack of playing time, and Liverpool faltering more often than not recently. We’ve already discussed his impressive form at youth level, but senior games are an entirely different beast.

Over his 26 senior league appearances for Liverpool, Jones has two goals and one assist. Not good by any means, but as a central midfielder (where he has played most often) it’s not terrible when you consider he’s only played just over 1,000 minutes of League football. 

In all competitions, he has 7 goals and 5 assists over 43 appearances, which average out to 0.27 goal involvements per game. This isn’t the world class statistics you’d see in Kevin De Bruyne, but it is a good base to build upon when he becomes a regular fixture in Liverpool’s starting eleven. 

Why Has Curtis Jones’ Value Increased? 

Okay, so Jones’ value has not exactly increased recently. Over the last 30 days, he has actually seen a steep near-70% drop. There are plenty of reasons for this, and shouldn’t cause much alarm. Liverpool’s stuttering form and Klopp’s dogged reliance on his Premier League winners means Jones has been a peripheral figure, although he has still made 20 league appearances this season, although this is due to injuries to key players. His drop in price could be a blessing in disguise, especially if he transforms into the player expected of him, as collectors can snap him up for cheap now for a healthy profit. 

Reasons for his value increasing across the season could include: 

  • Increased presence in Liverpool’s team
  • Scored a goal in a vital win over struggling Sheffield United 
  • Increased interest in soccer cards
  • Increased interest in promising rookies 

Curtis Jones: Predictions for the Future 

You never know what will happen in soccer and even promising youngsters end up fading away. Here are some factors that could impact Jones’ success and card value in the future.

  • Consistency: Jones needs more games to build consistency, and hopefully he’ll get this over the rest of the season, and be a more important player for Liverpool next season, rather than on loan.
  • Form: Jones has proved useful, but he will find it difficult to get into good form unless he plays more minutes.
  • Club Form: Liverpool have not lit the league alight as expected, but Jones has been an impressive player when given the chance and helped Liverpool to some important points this season. You would expect next season to be different.
  • Honors: Jones will hope to become more of a fixture in the Liverpool team for winning honors in the future and he may still play a part in the Champions League, especially after his assist in the Round of 16 first-leg against RB Leipzig.
  • International Performance: Jones is yet to make a senior appearance for England, and he has plenty of competition at both Left Wing and Central Midfield. He has just broken into the Under-21s and scored against Andorra in November 2020. 

Summary 

Curtis Jones has only just turned 20, and his profile has no doubt been raised following increased presence in the Liverpool team. Klopp rates him highly, and he has shown flashes of quality in places. The more game-time he gets, the more proficient he will be, and he could become an important player for Liverpool in the future. 

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