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The Secret Scout on Coventry City winger Jodi Jones

by 19/10/2017 19:31:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • Jodi Jones has established himself as a first-team regular at Coventry, aged 19
  • The teenage winger has started all 14 of his club's League Two games this season
  • Despite being short, he is not afraid to challenge defenders bigger than him 
  • Jones relies heavily on his left foot and needs to work on off-the-ball movement 

By The Secret Scout For The Daily Mail

Published: 18:36 EDT, 19 October 2017 | Updated: 19:31 EDT, 19 October 2017

Our scout is a top football expert who attends matches each week searching for the next star. He'll bring you his verdict in Sportsmail.

This week, he's been assessing the ability and potential of Coventry City winger Jodi Jones. 

Read on to find out what the 19-year-old is all about and how he needs to develop his game...

The Secret Scout watched 19-year-old Coventry City winger Jodi Jones in action
The Secret Scout watched 19-year-old Coventry City winger Jodi Jones in action

The Secret Scout watched 19-year-old Coventry City winger Jodi Jones in action

WHAT HAS HE GOT?

This diminutive winger has been making waves at Coventry this season since a move from Dagenham & Redbridge, where he came through the ranks.

Coventry will be looking for him to help them get back on track quickly as in their last three games they have been firing blanks.

JODI JONES 

AGE: 19

CLUB: COVENTRY

POSITION: WINGER

VALUE: £750,000 - £1 million

2017-18 APPS: 16

GOALS: 4

In the game I watched he switched wings early after he did not get a decent pass in the first 15 minutes. When he did receive the ball he looked sharp but clearly wanted to show what he could do on the ball.

Very left-footed and small, he is obviously a clever dribbler who fancies his chances of beating his immediate opponent. 

Although often up against bigger and more physical opponents, he looks as though he has gained confidence by playing regularly and competes when in a challenge.

When possession was lost he dropped back well but he could have even gone a further 10 yards closer to his full back to be in a better position to receive if the ball was regained. He can switch wings but clearly looks happier on the right, coming in on his left foot.

He has established himself as a first-team regular at Coventry, starting all their league games
He has established himself as a first-team regular at Coventry, starting all their league games

He has established himself as a first-team regular at Coventry, starting all their league games

WHAT DOES HE NEED?

Sometimes he seems uncertain about when to do his tricks. It is important to know when to play quickly, when to hold on to the ball and when to take a man out with a dribble.

For an out-and-out winger, he has the necessary pace, particularly over the first 20 yards. But I was hoping that by his movement he would attract the ball more. His statistics this season are good in terms of goals and assists but I would like to see more variety in his game.

I look for the 'push-and-go' combination play and the occasional penetrating run beyond his marker without the ball. But this is a player who can only improve with good coaching. 

Jones has scored four goals in League Two this term, including a hat-trick against Notts County
Jones has scored four goals in League Two this term, including a hat-trick against Notts County

Jones has scored four goals in League Two this term, including a hat-trick against Notts County

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