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Everton: Selling John Stones was a huge mistake by the Toffees

Everton are well known for being reckless when it comes to incoming transfers, but they have also let go of some of the best players to grace the Premier League over the years. With the benefit of hindsight, it was a terrible decision to let players go in a few instances.

Wayne Rooney, Romelu Lukaku and John Stones are three of the most notable Premier League players to leave Everton and thrive following their departures from Merseyside, with the latter transforming into a player for whom the Toffees are absolutely crying out as they embark on a battle to avoid relegation this season.

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Stones left Goodison Park in what was then a club-record departure deal back in 2016, becoming the world’s second most expensive defender at the time as Manchester City paid £47.5m for him. Despite the Toffees getting a good fee for him, his ability and talent would be worth its weight in gold in the current Everton team.

Stones at Man City

Since leaving the club almost six years ago, Stones has been hugely effective in City’s successes, winning eight major trophies including three Premier League titles, justifying his move completely. Whilst the 27-year-old has been celebrating being at the top of his game with the current English champions, Everton have been falling further down the table, now finding themselves in a worrying position.

After a 5-0 defeat last night against Tottenham Hotspur is an abysmal defensive performance, it is clear that many of Everton’s issues lie in their backline. They have conceded 18 more goals than they have scored and won only six of their 25 Premier League games so far this season, so Everton must surely look back on their decision to sell Stones with a sense of regret.

Way better than Keane

Hailed as “exceptional” by his City manager Pep Guardiola, the £25.2m-rated England defender is streets ahead of Everton’s current left-sided centre-back Michael Keane in terms of ability and positive impact on the team. For starters, the 27-year-old has never scored an own goal in the Premier League in his 194 top-flight appearances, whereas Keane has scored two own goals in the space of less than two months this season.

Despite experiencing a lot of rotation in the City team, Stones has thrived and taken every opportunity handed to him by his manager.

His defensive statistics speak for themselves this season, picking up seven clean sheets in his 10 Premier League appearances so far. Also, he has won an incredible 84% of his duels, averaged 74.7 touches per game and recorded a 94% pass accuracy in his own half according to SofaScore.

Stones’ average SofaScore rating for the campaign so far is 7.21, a far sight better than Keane’s 6.9 at Goodison Park, so it’s not hard to see who has performed the better of the two.

Did Everton make the right decision selling Stones?

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These statistics further reflect the impact and the discipline that Stones has had in his current team, and Lampard will surely be gutted that he doesn’t have a defender of such calibre in the current Everton squad to help them get through a difficult run of games.

While the former Toffees centre-back may be lifting the Premier League trophy again in May, his alma mater could simultaneously be facing up to life in the Championship if things take a turn for the worse on Merseyside.

In other news: One other Everton player dropped a disasterclass against Spurs

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