Koumas Return Gives Jones a Nice Problem

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Koumas Return Gives Jones a Nice Problem


Byline: By STEVE TUCKER Western Mail

They say in football you should never change a winning side, but try telling that to Cardiff City boss Dave Jones. Having seen his team comfortably see off Stoke, Jones now has to decide whether to tinker with things for tonight's visit to Luton.

Foremost in his mind will be the return from suspension of star midfielder Jason Koumas.

It would be unthinkable for Koumas to be left out, but the Bluebirds' midfield put in an excellent performance as a unit on Saturday.

Jones, though, would not be drawn on the return of Koumas ahead of the game.

'It gives me another player for the squad, I've now got 18 players who can travel,' said Jones.

'It gives me another player and an important one because of the size of the squad.

'I've said all along we're not a one-man team, but people don't believe you as, because of Jason's quality, they get carried away.

'But to give him opportunities, to give him the time on the ball, other players have to do their own jobs and sometimes Jason's responsibilities as well. But that's the make-up of the team.'

Jones, pictured, said leaving out professionals was a part of the job, but, despite describing himself as 'cold and calculating' as a manager, he said dealing with the younger players was different.

'It's part of my job, it's something that I have to do,' said Jones.

'The biggest thing in football that I don't like doing is telling a youngster he's not going to sign a pro contract or I've got to release from the football club. …

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