Kenwyne Jones

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Kenwyne Jones is a Trinidadian centre forward who was born in Point Fortin, Trinidad & Tobago on 5th October 1984. Jones began his career with Joe Public FC, who were owned by former FIFA vice president Jack Warner. After trials with Manchester United and Middlesbrough in 2002, Jones moved to W Connection.

In July 2004 Jones signed for Paul Sturrock's Southampton. By this time he was already a full international, having won his first cap on 29th January 2003 in a match against Finland. Jones was placed in the reserves at St Mary's before being farmed out to Sheffield Wednesday in December 2004. The Trinidad and Tobago man had an extremely successful spell at Hillsborough, scoring 7 in 7. His final appearance for the League 1 club on 15th January 2005 marked the only time he hadn't scored in a match for The Owls. Jones returned to Southampton, and made his first appearance for the club a week later, coming on late in a 2-0 win over Liverpool. Jones played for Saints against Portsmouth and Birmingham in the following weeks, before joining Stoke City for three months in February. He scored on his debut for The Potters against Millwall in another successful loan period.

Jones started Southampton's 2005/06 season well with two goals in the first three games, including one against former club Sheffield Wednesday. However, the powerful front man struggled for form after that, and went 21 games without a goal. Jones looked extremely green playing in his first full season with the South Coast outfit, but did show gradual signs of improvement as the season went on. His last minute goal at Leicester on 28th January 2006 earned Saints a 5th round FA Cup spot. Jones played in two of Trinidad & Tobago's three World Cup games in June 2006. He caused England problems with his physical presence on 15th June in a 2-0 loss.

Jones continued his improvement in 2006/07, and was rated one of the division's top strikers by the end of the season. You'd struggle to find too many players who were better in the air. He scored 16 goals in total over the campaign, helping Saints reach the play-offs. He was also sent off for the first time in England on Boxing Day 2006 against Crystal Palace. Jones proved he could cut it at a higher level for the first time on 28th January 2007 when he scored in the FA Cup at Premiership Manchester City. Other highlights included two goals in the thrilling 4-3 win over Birmingham. Occasionally Jones still let the side down however. On 20th February 2007 he missed an absolute sitter against Coventry.

Jones made his first appearance of the 2007/08 season for Southampton on 18th August at Norwich, putting in his best ever performance in a Saints shirt. He scored a goal and was a handful for the Canaries defence all day, holding the ball up brilliantly in a 2-1 defeat. That turned out to be his last appearance for the club, however. The next week Jones handed in a transfer request. Just days earlier the club issued a statement on their official website stating they wished to keep the player at the club and had no intentions of selling him. It's highly likely that the club knew about the forwards desire to leave when issuing that statement, but didn't want fans turning on the club when he was inevitably sold. Jones didn't exactly cover himself in glory with his departure either. He pretty much threatened to go on strike if he wasn't granted a move away from St Marys. Jones then bizarrely claimed his decision to move clubs was partly down to the death of Sevilla full back Antonio Puerta. Jones said Puerta's death had made him come to the realisation that his career could end at any time, and that he needed to move immediately. This would be a perfectly reasonable excuse if it wasn't for the fact Puerta collapsed and later died AFTER Jones handed in his transfer request.

Jones signed for Roy Keane's Sunderland on 29th August 2007 for £6,000,000. He made his debut on 1st September 2007 in a 1-0 defeat at Manchester United. Two weeks later he scored his opening goal for The Mackems in a 2-1 win over Reading. Jones made an immediate impact at The Stadium of Light, and adapted to Premiership football with ease. He scored four in his first seven matches, including one in a 3-2 loss at Arsenal, where he caused the Gunners a problem all day with his aerial ability.

Jones was constantly linked to a move away from Sunderland in his first year at the club. Chelsea and Liverpool were reportedly interested in the man who many believed would go on to be another Didier Drogba. He remained with The Black Cats however, and scored 12 goals in 32 matches in 2008/09. Jones' form dipped slightly in 2009/10, but he was still decent at times, scoring 9 goals.

On 11th August 2010 Jones signed a four year deal with Stoke City for a record fee of £8,000,000. He was well suited to Stoke's direct style of play and scored four goals in his first six matches in his second spell at the club. He helped The Potters to a 13th place Premiership finish for 2010/11, as well as a place in the FA Cup final. Jones scored in Stoke's 5-0 win over Bolton in the semi-final, and started the club's 1-0 final defeat to Manchester City. The Trinidad & Tobago international had the best chance for Stoke, missing a one on one with Joe Hart in the second half.