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Tuesday, 21 January 2014 23:06

Kenwyne Jones fined by Stoke

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Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones has been fined a reported £60,000 (around two weeks wages) for not even turning up for the game where Stoke lost 3-5 at home to Liverpool.

Mark Hughes, manager of Stoke City, confirmed that he got a text message from the striker on Saturday night informing him that he was not available for selection, but I’m betting this behaviour was clearly not normal procedure. The issue is surrounding the fact that Jones’ contract runs out this summer and it has been rumoured that Everton are keen to acquire the Trinidad and Tobago international.

Stoke bought the player for £8 million from Sunderland in 2010, but has struggled to find a regular place in the first eleven. This season Kenwyne has made a woeful seven league appearances and has not managed to score a goal. He has been out of favour with Mark Hughes, who has leaned towards Peter Crouch, even though Kenwyne has scored five goals in Cup competitions. Unfortunately, being on the bench in the Premier League has to be expected, especially if the player is not making the desired impact the manager expects from him.

WIth contract soon to come to an end, it is normal that other clubs will be interested in the player. Everton has been reported to expressed an interest in the striker, and have suggested a price of £1 million for the deal to go through. However, Stoke expect to see more like £3 million on the table, before anything happens. This situation may very well get more interesting with the clock ticking and Swansea may also be tempted to try again for the 29 year old player.

It is always a tricky situation for both player and club. Personally, I am not particularly impressed with Jones making the decision to be excluded from the Liverpool game. There is still an agreement in place, and players have an obligation to play at their best from their current employer, and be professional. This attitude would also serve Jones well, as he would be showing any potential interested parties what they will be getting. I for one, would not be interested in a player missing games and sulking because he thinks he is not getting his way.

Ultimately, I hope that Kenwyne Jones and Stoke manage to resolve the issue amicably, and that whichever club the player end up at, will try to stress the importance of being professional at all times.