West Ham United are believed to be keeping tabs on Middlesbrough starlet Isaiah Jones, according to journalist Roshane Thomas.
What’s the word?
Writing on Twitter, The Athletic journalist stated that the Hammers are showing an “interest” in the 22-year-old gem, following his breakthrough campaign under Chris Wilder at the Riverside Stadium.
In his attached piece for The Athletic, Thomas stated that the Englishman is on David Moyes’ ‘radar’ in the current window, amid reports that the former Manchester United boss is keen to add six further signings after having already wrapped up a deal for centre-back, Nayef Aguerd.
Comfortable both at right-back and in a wing-back role, where he featured heavily last term, Jones currently has a long-term contract with his current side, with his existing deal set to run until the summer of 2025.
Moyes’ new Antonio
Despite having seen a player they own in Djed Spence blossom out on loan last term, the Championship outfit were seemingly shedding few tears over that decision, with the aforementioned Jones having stepped up so successfully to life in the first-team.
Having made just a solitary cup appearance for the second-tier outfit prior to the start of 2021/22, the £2.7m-rated ace went on to make 46 appearances in all competitions in the most recent campaign, notably chipping in with one goal and nine assists from his 42 league outings.
Should West Ham sign Isaiah Jones?
Dubbed “special” by George Elek, the versatile asset could well be a player who could thrive were he to make the switch to the London Stadium, with obvious comparisons to make between both the £1.1k-per-week talent and current West Ham regular, Michail Antonio.
Like the Jamaica international, Jones began his career in non-league football before being plucked by Boro in 2019, having in fact played for the same team that Antonio had also started his footballing journey, Tooting & Mitcham United.
While the latter man endured a more steady rise through the divisions, his success has laid the pathway for the young wing-back to follow, with the 32-year-old having gone on to become an integral asset for the east London outfit since his arrival from Nottingham Forest in 2015.
Signed as a wide, attacking option, the adaptable speedster was thrust into a makeshift right-back role in his early Irons career, before eventually solidifying his place as the club’s leading marksman, despite not being a recognised striker.
After seven years at the club, the £69k-per-week star is now the Hammers’ leading scorer in the Premier League era with 56 goals, having netted ten league goals in each of the last three seasons.
While he may not be the high-profile name that supporters are craving to lead the line, the £9m-rated brute remains such an integral player to Moyes’ ranks, proving himself something of a menace for any opposition defence.
Jones too would appear to hold similar traits, having been dubbed a “monster” by journalist Phil Spencer for his explosive form of late, with the potential there for him to follow in the footsteps of Antonio were he to be plucked by GSB this summer.
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