Former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has said John Stones is ready to show the world how good he is this season.
Stones was tipped for the best for many years but errors and a lack of consistency have hindered his advancement.
The 25-year-old was made out by City director Pep Guardiola for a lot of the run-in with Kompany preferred on numerous occasions, to last year’s Premier League title success.
But Aymeric Laporte out injured for the next few months and with Kompany having abandoned, Stones is set for a protracted run alongside Nicolas Otamendi at the center of City’s defence.
Kompany explained:”I have always stated John is one of the most talented defenders. He has such a future.
“He’s already achieved a good deal, let’s not overlook that. He is not a defender anymore which hasn’t got any experience. He is a multiple Premier League-winning central defender that’s growing.
“The 1 thing that I need for him is consistency – balancing of games and consistency of fitness – then he’ll show the world how great he is.
“At the end of itif City can acquire a Champions League or some thing, all of a sudden he’ll be mentioned in a completely different category.
“He only needed to get himself around the pitch, so be himself and he will be fine. I’ve not seen indications of weakness I want to worry about.
“He’s just a top-class guardian. If now he has to play with games items will sort out themselves, undoubtedly.”
Stones is forecast to return from a hamstring issue to confront this weekend to Norwich and, together with Laporte sidelined, Otamendi and he have been City’s only fit centre-backs.
City’s decision not to sign another guardian to replace Kompany in the summer was questioned but the cop considers his team are still more than capable of dealing.
He said:”Three world-class centre backs is amazing by any standard. Previously we had the luxury of four however I’ve not seen many teams have four top.
“It was not normal. It only happened because of circumstance. ‘OK, Vinny could break down, so we’ll bring in another ‘.
“Most clubs are not advised to do it and have three. Clubs run with a one and three world-class centre backs. City have got unfortunate with an accident, that is it.”
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