Everton tie up deal for 21-year-old defender - reliable journalist
By Dominic Toner
Everton defender Gethin Jones has agreed to join Barnsley, according to a reliable journalist.
ESPN correspondent Pete O’Rourke revealed on his personal Twitter account that the 21-year-old has agreed to join Championship club on loan until the end of the season.
The right-back has not been able to force his way into the plans of first-team manager Ronald Koeman and is set to pursue regular football with Barnsley.
— Pete O'Rourke (@SportsPeteO) January 17, 2017
Jones is a product of the Merseyside club’s academy and joined when he was just 12, but has been unable to go on and break into the first-team.
His sole senior appearance came in the Europe League and he has mainly been used by David Unsworth in the Under-23s.
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Jones originally stared out as a central midfielder, but was transformed into a right-back to utilise his pace.
He has made 65 appearances for Everton’s Under-23s side and registered an impressive 11 assists.
Football Insider verdict:
A loan move away from Gooidson Park makes sense for Jones as he can go and experience first-team football. The young defender has been restricted to the club’s Under-23s this season and has not made a first-team appearances, with Seamus Coleman and Mason Holgate above him in the pecking order. Barnsley will be a great opportunity for Jones as they are chasing a play-off spot in the Championship. The right-back will have a great opportunity to play regular football and he needs to be doing that at the age of 21. He previously spent a short spell with League Two side Plymouth and Barnsley would be a good step up for him.
In other Everton transfer news, the club are close to sealing an attacking transfer.