If any manager can be trusted to make a risky decision, it’s Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola.
The Spaniard has a proven track record of success having won seven league titles in three different countries.
Guardiola’s latest experiment could be to use John Stones in midfield rather than at the back.
The England international has developed as a ball-playing centre-back but last season he dropped down the pecking order, with Vincent Kompany, Aymeric Laporte and Nicolas Otamendi above him in the line.
City have been on the hunt for a new defensive midfielder as Fernandinho is currently their only quality choice.
So far, the Premier League champions have struggled to get a deal over the line.
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They were pursuing Jorginho for some time, but the Italian opted to follow his Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri to Chelsea.
After City defeated Chelsea 2-0 in the Community Shield at Wembley, Guardiola revealed to reporters that if he fails to bring in a new signing, Stones could take on the role.
Some City fans have been tweeting their thoughts on the possible positional switch.
Stones best midfielder in the Prem already
— Nef G. (@NefMCFC) August 5, 2018
No.. that won’t work.. just no
— BendyMendy (@MenacingMendy) August 5, 2018
Im happy if john plays there
— KDB (@northy200) August 5, 2018
— Mirza Amir (@MirzaAmirbeg97) August 5, 2018
in my opinion.. it would be great if we sign another Midfielder…
I don’t think Stones will fit in the Midfield.. but who the hell am I to doubt my coach.
Thanks lads for winning the damn thing.
— davie Ngure (@Daviengurre) August 5, 2018
I’d rather play stones as holding midfielder despite panic transfer (lemina, pjanic, or same shit)
— 93:20 (@Atomicary_) August 5, 2018
Pep’s a master of innovations. Just might work.
— Goodnews Ebenezer (@GoodnewsEben) August 5, 2018