Ever since he arrived at Manchester City, John Stones’ career has been an unrelenting rollercoaster ride. Of course, the major reason for his downs have always been and will likely still be injuries.
Just the simple fact that the defender has only played 16 Premier League game throughout the previous season is proof enough that something is wrong. And to make things even worse, despite his obvious quality and talent, he is now out of the England squad as well, courtesy of the same issue.
At Man City, things are also not exactly rosy. Pep Guardiola has mostly preferred the 19-year-old Eric Garcia to Stones even when the latter was fit enough to play, simply because he is no longer a reliable option.
For that reason, maybe it’s time for him to reassess the situation and potentially look for an exit to salvage his career. According to Micah Richards, the former Man City player himself, maybe it wouldn’t be a bad idea to return to Everton or maybe even choose Arsenal.
Here’s what the Sky Sports pundit said, as quoted by The Mirror: “There’s no point in staying at City at the bench – that’s not going to do anything for him.
“I don’t think Everton is a bad move. People will say that’s going backwards but he’s loved by the fans, he’s got a great manager in Carlo Ancelotti to work under. Arsenal, he’s worked with Mikel Arteta at City and he likes ball players.”
Maybe this could be something Stones should consider in the immediate future. After all, he’s still young and has a lot to give on the top level. But at Man City, he’s bound to warm the bench more often than not.
And with Carlo Ancelotti’s revolution back at Goodison Park, the Toffees just might be a good place to be at right now.