Newcastle United’s soon-to-be owners are reportedly interested in raiding Manchester City for England defender John Stones this summer – but Toon icon Micky Quinn is not a fan, claiming a current Toon player is better than Stones.
Football website 90Min claim that Newcastle’s prospective new owners are to target British Premier League players this summer, suggesting Stones as one of six players that have been added to Newcastle’s new shortlist.
Indeed, Norwich City trio Max Aarons, Jamal Lewis and Todd Cantwell have all been added to the shortlist, as has Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn and Manchester United defender Chris Smalling – who is impressing on loan at Roma.
The report claims Newcastle would have to splash £40million to sign Stones, who is earning a huge £100,000 a week, as per Spotrac. An expensive buy, then, but Quinn claimed in the lead up to the 2018 World Cup that he prefers Lascelles to Stones.
“It actually really frustrates me that Lascelles keeps being overlooked by Gareth Southgate for England,” Quinn said. “He is easily among the best five English centre-backs – in fact, I’d have him in the squad ahead of John Stones. I really would.
“Yes Stones may be a Man City player, but he is struggling to get in their team at the moment. And, unlike Lascelles, he hasn’t cut out the mistakes in his game. Every match, Stones makes errors. But Lascelles’ mistakes, you could count on one hand.”
TBR’s view – Is Lascelles really better than Stones?
A number of injuries and perhaps a drop in form has seen Newcastle skipper Lascelles’ chances of an England call-up drop since the 2018 World Cup. But Quinn’s claim still rings true.
Stones is still without game time and when he does play, he is still capable of the odd mistake. Lascelles is one a of number of defenders currently at Newcastle, making the position of centre-back hardly a priority in the summer window.
Lascelles might not be better than Stones with the ball at his feet, but certainly he is more defensively solid and The Toon’s prospective new owners would be better off spending £40million elsewhere.