Well, it looks like the cat is finally out of the bag.
Just as rumours surrounding John Stones’ Everton future were beginning to slow down, we have received confirmation that he is set to leave the Premier League side for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Stones has been named in City’s Champion’s League squad for next season; so the deal either must be finished up, or City are very confident that it will be done within the next couple of days.
Discussion has already turned to where Stones will fit into the Manchester City defence, and who he might find himself alongside next season.
With the City defensive quartet short on numbers, Stones will likely walk straight into the first team; but who will he be joined by?
Well, lets find out… here is Man City’s DREAM defence, including John Stones…
Despite calls for Clichy to be replaced by some fans this summer, he looks set to continue on the left hand side the Manchester City defence.
Clichy has, for the most part, proven himself to be a reliable member of the City side, and whilst he is rarely spectacular; he is a very consistent defender.
With Guardiola focusing his efforts on improving the centre of his defence, Clichy will likely play on the left hand side with very little competition next season. However, that might change come the end of the season – with Guardiola likely to improve other areas of his side.
Until then, Clichy is solid enough.
The new boy.
John Stones, for all of his flaws, is still a fantastic defender; and under Pep Guardiola you would expect him to shine next season.
One of the best talents in English football, Stones could well become a megastar next year; and City will be the benefactors.
Technically brilliant, Stones needs to add a bit of defensive stability to his game, and if he can do that then there will be nobody better in the Premier League.
Expected to be completed within a few days, Stones is one of the best signings of the summer.
In an ideal world, Vincent Kompany would start every game for City. As the club captain, his presence on the pitch is absolutely vital, especially playing alongside the relatively inexperienced John Stones.
Unfortunately – Kompany is made of glass.
So for the 35 games a year when Company is injured, expect Otamendi to come in and play alongside Stones.
Big things were expected for the ex-Valencia defender, and whilst he hasn’t looked spectacular; he has typically been relatively solid in the heart of the City defence.
Both players possess great experience at the highest level, and that will be vital when playing with John Stones.
Despite a slow start to his Man City career, Bacary Sagna proved himself last season as a really important and reliable part of the Manchester City defence.
Like Clichy on the other side, he is often not amazing, but very rarely does he get less than a 6 or 7 out of 10 when playing for The Citizens.
With City looking to improve next season, defensive stability and reliability will be crucial; and there are very few better options for that task on the right hand side of defence than Bacary Sagna.