Tottenham are having some defensive issues of late and should consider some January reinforcements. Manager Jose Mourinho has not worked out his preferred backline, and should consider a move for Manchester City outcast John Stones.
The England international has fallen out of favour with Pep Guardiola in recent times and has made just 10 league appearances this season. There are two years left on his current deal and he is yet to agree an extension. If first-team chances continue to be hard to come by, a move away could be of best interest to the 25-year-old.
This is where Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham come in. They are looking shaky at the back this season and could do with some new additions to support their fight for a top-four place this season.
Stones has made 156 Premier League appearances but is still five years shy of 30. His mix of experience and youth makes him a very attractive prospect for a Tottenham side who have two centre-backs heading towards the twilight of their careers. Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld are 32 and 30-years-old respectively and may become less effective in years to come.
There is also a reason that Stones’ current club paid £48 million for him in 2016. He is a top-quality defender who is comfortable with the ball at his feet, whilst also being commanding in the air and strong in the tackle.
Manchester City are likely to further strengthen in the coming windows after falling so far behind Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side this season, and Stones could see his opportunities further limited.
It is a move that would make sense for both parties. He won’t come cheap from a Premier League rival, but the England defender could be a mainstay in the Spurs backline for years to come if a move materialised.