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Can John Stones handle the pressure of his £47.5 million price-tag?

Can John Stones handle the pressure of his £47.5 million price-tag?

When John Stones first burst onto the scene with Everton as an up and coming home-grown centre-back with plenty of potential to go on and take the English game by storm, few initially saw much wrong with over-hyping the now 22-year-old defender as one of the brightest top-flight prospects in the entire country – as well as burdening the former Toffees man with a string of rather substantial transfer valuations that would soon amount to a staggering £47.5 million price-tag.

 

Since the highly sought after England international has begun plying his trade under the notoriously demanding Pep Guardiola at Manchester City however, Stones’ supposed composure as one of the most technically gifted defenders this country has produced in recent years, has subsequently come under a great deal of question and careful consideration.

 

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The 22-year-old was once again at fault last time out as Manchester City conceded a particularly avoidable goal against Claude Puel’s determined Southampton outfit…

 

 

…yet although the highly rated England defender also suffered something of a torrid spell last time out in the Champions League against Barcelona…

 

 

…perhaps some have nonetheless been a little too quick to judge John Stones after his admittedly poor start to the season at Manchester City…

 

 

That said, the relevant stats simply make for some concerning reading based on Stones’ recent form among the English top-flight…

 

 

…which is something you certainly wouldn’t expect from one of the most expensive defenders in the whole of world football…

 

 

Maybe, just maybe…John Stones was little more than an average, hard-working centre-back to begin with…

 

 

…and if the calamities continue for the former Goodison Park favourite in the not too distant future…

 

 

 

…surely it’s only a matter of time before Pep Guardiola runs out of patience with the once remarkably sought after England international…

 

 

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