Pep Guardiola is not going to take into account transferring John Stones out of central defence as he goals to maintain the participant’s confidence and concentrate on his specialist place.
Stones began Manchester Metropolis’s opening recreation of the marketing campaign, taking part in alongside Nathan Ake in a 3-1 win over Wolves in September. Nonetheless, he then suffered a setback that brought on him to overlook the subsequent three video games and his two minutes off the bench within the midweek win over Porto was his first look since Wolves.
Certainly one of Guardiola’s major targets when he joined the membership again in 2016, Stones has had ferocious help over time from his supervisor however has suffered from health and type points which have made him an unreliable decide on the again and he was not sure to remain within the squad over the summer season. Regardless of remaining on the Etihad, he noticed Eric Garcia – who would have left within the switch window for Barcelona if he had had his approach – most well-liked subsequent to Ruben Dias in opposition to Porto within the absence of Aymeric Laporte and Ake.
Fernandinho’s damage stretches Metropolis’s midfield additional forward of the West Ham recreation with uncertainty over Kevin De Bruyne’s availability. Whereas Stones has beforehand been used every now and then in midfield, the supervisor needs him centered on the one place for at any time when he’s wanted subsequent.
“No. I see his place as central defender,” mentioned Guardiola. “If we have now some issues perhaps he’s one other different however for now I would like him assured as a centre-back.”