In one of the most bungled transfer announcements in recent memory, inconveniently on the same day as neighbours United announced the signing of Paul Pogba, Manchester City have announced the signing of Everton and England defender John Stones for £47.5 million. The 22-year-old becomes Pep Guardiola’s eighth signing since arriving at the Eithad having put pen to paper on a lucrative six year deal.
The signing of the central defender was inadvertently announced by UEFA this morning after Champions League squad lists were made public, with City’s including a certain John Stones in their ranks despite no official confirmation from either club, with Stones having featured in Everton’s pre-season friendly against RCD Espanyol on Saturday.
With 77 Premier League games to his name since signing for the Toffees from Barnsley, and with ten caps since his England debut in 2014, Stones has experience for such a young age, but Stones has undoubted potential to develop into one of the best young English centre backs of a generation.
With talent and skill on the ball, Pep Guardiola will be hoping to develop him and help to prevent him from losing the ball in dangerous positions, much like he has done previously with Gerard Pique at Manchester City and Jerome Boateng at Bayern Munich, who are now both respected as two of the best defenders in the game.
Having been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea as a long term replacement for John Terry last summer, Stones will now hope to prove himself at one of the biggest clubs in the country and push himself to become an England regular after featuring little in Euro 2016. He will be mindful not to follow the path of Jack Rodwell, who made the same move in similar circumstances a few years ago to result in failure, but Stones undoubtedly has the potential to become a Manchester City and England legend.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the news…
The player celebrated his move in style…
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 9, 2016
City fans were happy…
Still raw but a real prospect. Stones has natural attributes and he is going to be world class under Pep #WelcomeJohn
— Sam (@SamsonKip) August 9, 2016
Far from the finished article, but Stones is in the right environment to develop into a top class player. Great move for all concerned.
— Peter Hall (@PeteHall86) August 9, 2016
Messi of defence https://t.co/5uGnXxsaK5
— tom (@Tom_Holyday) August 9, 2016
Everton fans had accepted the inevitable devastation of his departure…
Stones is gonna be one of the best defenders in the world in the next few years, gutted to see him go #EFC
— sean mann (@manny_1988) August 9, 2016
I am absolutely gutted we've let Stones go to City. Soon enough, it will be clear to see why City invested big money on him. Not happy.
— À (@ModernPlaymaker) August 9, 2016
Inevitable that Stones was going, really disappointing though they we've done it before replacements are confirmed. So much for a 'new era'
— Mark (@Bazayoko) August 9, 2016
John Stones has been totally professional in the last year in v difficult circumstances. Wish him all the best for the future.
— the esk (@theesk) August 9, 2016
There are high hopes for the future…
Pep Guardiola is going to make John Stones the best centre half in the world and there's nothing anyone can do about it
— . (@RBxrkley) August 9, 2016
Stones is far from the finished article, but potential is huge, as his willingness to learn. Guardiola believes in him. Great move for him
— Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes) August 9, 2016
But some doubt his ability and value…
Good riddance to bad rubbish. He didn't care about Everton, his poor performance showed this repeatedly.
— Mr Cee Tattoo © (@MrCeeTattoo) August 9, 2016
There have been some obvious comparisons drawn…
I'm sure John Stones will be mindful of the curse of Jack Rodwell who found it difficult to live up to billing without an Everton shirt on
— Mike Parry (@mikeparry8) August 9, 2016
#Stones should go now joining Rodwell, Jeffers, Piennar, Arteta, Fellaini in underachieving elsewhere. He'll be at Stoke in 2 yrs.
— Michael Wood (@mejwood1) July 27, 2016
Most are still laughing at the disastrous announcement…
The Stones announcement diverts the eye from Mangala/Bony not making the Champs League squad. That's £70M of talent dumped.
— Barry B (@Barrib63) August 9, 2016
#McFc, masters of delayed announcement.
Pellegrini: "I'm off."
City: "oh yes, we got Pep."
UEFA: "Stones included."
City: "John's ours."
— John Brewin (@JohnBrewin_) August 9, 2016
Contract is already signed.You cannot be submitted to UEFA unless you are apart of the team.
Literally just the announcement needed #Stones
— Jake (@Everything_City) August 9, 2016
After the razzamatazz of the Pogba announcement, John Stones is announced without actually announcing him. Never change, City.
— Macca (@The_Paris_Angel) August 9, 2016
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