John Stones, the 22-year-old Manchester City defender has the potential to become the best player in the world claims City coach Pep Guardiola.
Pep Guardiola raised numerous eyebrows when he signed John Stones this summer for a mammoth amount of 50 million pounds from Everton.
This centre back from Everton has truly shown some exceptional skills as a defender and people have been calling him ‘The Beckenbauer from Barnsley’. The latest to appreciate his talent as a footballer is Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola who is continuously speaking very highly of this player and has even compared him to Pique of Barcelona.
Manchester City fans couldn’t believe their eyes when Stones was left back on the bench against some crucial matches against Watford and Arsenal. He even wasn’t included as a sub in the game which to some extent left many fans confused.
The level of respect Guardiola has for this 22-year-old English player can be deciphered from the fact that he personally apologised to the player for not including him in his playing eleven.
This player till now carries a huge 50 million pounds burden on his shoulders and is trying his level best to live up to the standards set by this price tag.
Guardiola, when asked about Stones, said “Play, play and play, that’s the only way you can improve as a football player.Train every day, be fit and when I decide, play. He’s going to play again because he has played a lot.
“It’s the first time in his career he played every three days – it had never happened before with the Champions League and the League Cup and every three days you have to be focused.”
When questioned about Stones recent exclusion from the squad, this Spanish manager said: “If I didn’t have confidence in him he would not have played the games that he has played.”
There also have been recent speculations about Manchester City aiming to bring Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk to the club however when asked Guardiola denied such rumours and joked ” We are going to Southampton to play against them. He is not going to come here next month because it is impossible. He is a Southampton player, and we don’t want him now.”
It would be interesting to see if this 22-year-old defender gets a chance to play against Hull City in the Boxing Day fixture, provided he has had enough rest sitting on a bench in the last two matches.