Jermaine Jones: US Midfielder Plays First Game in Turkey
Jermaine Jones, 32, is a central midfielder for the USMNT. We also know him from Schalke 04 of the German Bundesliga, but during January, he decided to opt for a new adventure in the Turkish Super League with Besiktas. After an injury layoff, Jones finally made his much-anticipated debut for the Black Eagles in the heart of the field. He showed heart, passion and a daring attitude that absolutely defines the club itself.
He is already a fan favorite. The U.S. international began the game staying near the halfway line at all times, knowing that his responsibility was to clean up the mess in front of the defense and to distribute the ball up the field into the final third. He did pretty well, but at times he would mistakenly pass the ball into a space where a teammate was nowhere to be found.
Towards the end of the first half, he found himself in the final third sending, pretty passes to teammates inside or near the danger area, but they failed to capitalize with a clean shot on frame. Jones showed that he has vision and is not selfish on the ball. These are qualities that have been missing from this club for some time now.
His defensive specialties are the reasons why he is on the roster for the remainder of the season. If he manages to play well, not only will he earn a well-deserved World Cup final roster spot, but he can even extend his contract with the Istanbul-based outfit.
Jones did not play the full 90 minutes, but that is due to his recent injury and his stamina not being what it normally is. Once he gets more playing time and accustomed to the Turkish game, he can add his own German and American experience to utilize the triple-threat to assist this team in its goal of becoming league champions.