Everton have had quite the summer and look set for a big season this term if Carlo Ancelotti can get his team to gel properly in the coming months.
A number of big signings such as James Rodriguez, Allan, and Abdoulaye Doucoure, have ensured that Everton look stronger than ever going into a new campaign with a winning manager at the helm.
However, as with most clubs and with a transfer window extending to October, more additions shouldn’t be ruled out in the coming weeks.
One player who Everton could make a play for is former defender and current Man City star, John Stones, who has been tipped to return to the club by former City defender, Micah Richards.
And while it might seem a bit out of reach for the Toffees to look at bringing Stones back on the wages he is on at The Etihad, there are reasons to be confident the England man may return.
Still a quality operator, Stones could be the icing on the cake for Everton
While the Toffees have a number of excellent defenders in the brilliant Michael Keane, along with the talents of Mason Holgate and Yerry Mina, Stones would still strengthen the ranks.
While he has had his critics at Man City, he remains a class-act, having won 39 caps for England along the way. Those caps aren’t simply given out without a player having exceptional ability.
As Micah Richards points out, Stones is also fondly remembered by Everton fans, in the main. Yes, he sealed a big-money move to City but few blamed him at the time for taking such an opportunity.
Stones is still young enough to play a pivotal role and under a manager like Carlo Ancelotti, he may thrive. Sometimes a player needs a fresh start and if that fresh start can be in familiar surroundings, then even better.
A loan move, or even a permanent transfer, could well make sense for all parties here.