When Jordan Jones signed a pre-contract at Rangers in January, Kilmarnock fans were livid. Many called for his exclusion from Steve Clarke’s squad after a post with ‘WATP’ was posted by the winger on social media. Critics were silenced in the weeks following but they have came back in numbers recently.
Jones’ performances have waned since February, leading to him being dropped against Motherwell and excluded from the squad against Rangers. The latter may have been due to his affiliation with the Ibrox club, but it hasn’t exactly impressed the Killie faithful.
His commitment has been thrown into question. There hasn’t been any real evidence to say he isn’t trying at Rugby Park anymore though. That was until Jones lit up the show for Northern Ireland against Estonia, inspiring them to a 3-0 victory.
He was inspirational for them and it calls into question where this player has been in recent weeks.
Can Jones do this for Killie any more?
The winger was top quality against the Estonians. He tormented their defence with constant runs and quick feet. Jones was the biggest attacking threat on what was a fruitful night for the Northern Irishmen.
He obviously has the ability and confidence isn’t an issue, so why is Jones not performing like this for Kilmarnock?
It’s almost like watching a different player. Instead of the explosive display he put in at Windsor Park, Killie have seen a lethargic version of Jones. There is often a lack of drive going forward and his end product is lacking.
His pinpoint cross to Paddy McNair was sublime, cutting in from the wing and sending it into the box with pinpoint accuracy. You would struggle to remember the last time Jones managed to get a decent ball into the box for the likes of Eamonn Brophy.
It’s unlikely he is intentionally playing poorly, but this might even be seen as a worry for Kilmarnock fans. Whilst it could be seen as a return to form, it could also be an indicator Jones is as good as gone.
His next game for Killie comes against Hamilton. It’ll be interesting to see if his performance is anything like the international showing against Estonia.