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Blackburn boss Allardyce: Jones is a natural

Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce has described Phil Jones as a 'natural'.

The central defender, 18, successfully made the transition to holding midfielder during last weekend's 1-0 win over Everton.

And he is set to keep filling the gap at Birmingham today.

Allardyce said: "I didn't have to prepare him much for playing in midfield. If you're a natural, you're a natural.

"We talk about the coaching side with great importance but some people just naturally have the ability.

"He's a natural - he senses where he should be and what the situation is around him.

"For a young man, he makes more right decisions than some experienced players. Moving him into midfield was a big ask but he commanded that position with quality."

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