Manchester City defender John Stones is being linked with a move away from the Etihad to Premier League rivals Chelsea.
Frank Lampard could be looking to add further additions to the squad after already welcoming Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Although Chelsea still made the top four last year, they had a poor defensive record in the league, conceding the most goals out of anyone in the top 10.
Stones has had a tough season at the Etihad. He’s only started 12 games in the Premier League for Pep Guardiola this year, despite first-choice centre half Aymeric Laporte missing half the season through injury.
Stones has also had his fair share of injury problems throughout his time at the Etihad, the results of which have unsurprisingly produced some inconsistent displays.
Guardiola commented on this at the start of July;
“He’s a young player and we want him to be consistent, to train and recover.”
“There are players who can play every three days for 11 months, others struggle more to be fit and we try to find the key to playing every three days.”
Man City have also recently announced the signing of defender Nathan Ake from Bournemouth, with many believing his signing will push the Englishman further down the pecking order with the Citizens.
Lampard, it would seem, looks keen to bolster his defence and the City centre-half would be a great fit for Chelsea.
Experience, Experience, Experience
Premier League experience – check. Champions League experience – check. International and major tournament experience – check.
All this and he’s still only 26. Stones has racked up 162 Premier League appearances, one more than Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Reece James combined.
In this time he’s won 2 Premier Leagues, 1 FA Cup and 3 League Cups.
To have the opportunity to add someone to your squad with this experience and success at the highest level is something that surely can’t be turned down.
Style of Play
We’ve seen Chelsea adopt a number of different formations this season, changing between 4 and 5 at the back.
Lampard speaking previously;
“I want my team to play good football, but on the other side of that, I want them to be really aggressive and win the ball back.”
“I think it is important to be adaptable in terms of systems.”
Stones fits perfectly into this. We’ve seen how aggressive Man City can be when trying to win back possession and he’s also played in a five at the back for England under Gareth Southgate.
If Stones does make the move, he certainly looks like he can really add to the young Chelsea team which Lampard is piecing together.