A few summer transfers divided opinion. One firmly in that category was John Stones’ move along the M62 from Everton to Manchester City, which caused quite the stir.
A 22-year-old defender who cannot defend for a £47.5m fee (potentially £50m with add-ons)? Man City are crazy. Well, that was the general view at the time, with many claiming that his homegrown status was the driving factor behind the outlandish price-tag.
But, as the stats (crunched by OuLaLa.com) show, he’s actually been very good so far this season…
Indeed, in his seven appearances in league action thus far with Man City, Stones has made 338 passes with a success rate of 90% – both of which are the second highest return in the division. Defensively he has been good, too, with respectable clearance and block numbers.
Pep Guardiola is certainly getting the most out of Stones – who was also amongst the best of a bad bunch for England against Slovenia on Tuesday night.