Jermaine Beckford has responded to a Leeds United supporter when asked if he believes Manchester City defender John Stones would be a good fit for Marcelo Bielsa’s side – amid reports Stones could leave this summer.
Stones, 26, has somewhat fallen by the wayside over the past couple of years – since he starred in the 2018 World Cup for England. Last season, the ex-Everton man was afforded just 24 appearances for City.
The 39-time England international has entered the final two years of his City contract, halfway through the four-year deal he signed at City following his £50million (Mail) move from Everton in 2016.
Leeds, meanwhile, are on the lookout for a central defender with Ben White likely to return to parent club Brighton. Asked if Stones would be a good fit at Leeds, Beckford responded by claiming he could get back to his best.
I think so, with Bielsa’s guidance he could get back to his best
— jermaine beckford (@jermainebecks83) August 16, 2020
TBR’s view – Stones the ideal White replacement
Argentine duo Juan Foyth and Lucas Martinez Quarta have also been linked and while they are both excellent with the ball at their feet, Foyth has struggled in England and Quarta is only proven in Argentine football.
Germany international Robin Koch has been linked and he would be an excellent addition, but again, he is not proven in the Premier League. Stones is, and the Barnsley-born defender would be perfect to replace White.
But can Leeds afford him? It remains to be seen. Pep Guardiola has already been quoted by the Guardian as saying he could leave and that may see him go for a much cheaper fee than the one City paid for him.