Everton’s John Stones was the subject of heavy interest from Chelsea during the summer window, with several bids refused, but remains a Toffee after the club held firm despite the player handing in a transfer request.
The 21-year old has handled himself professionally throughout however, and should line up against Chelsea tomorrow for the first time since the saga unfolded.
We’ve compared his statistics so far this season with the man he would likely have competed with had he completed a switch to Stamford Bridge – Gary Cahill.
|Per Game||Position||Team||Tackles Won||Aerial Duels Won||Interceptions||Shots Blocked||Error Leading To Shot||Total Duels Won||Clearances||Mins Played|
The Everton man dominates in tackles won per game, managing 2.25 to Cahill's strangely low 0.25 - and edges ahead in both total duels won and clearances made.
Cahill, on the other hand, is superior in the air, winning 4.25 aerial duels per game compared to Stones' 2.75 and has made more interceptions - 2.25 to Stones' 1.5 per game.
Chelsea's summer target can boast of an error-free start to the season while Cahill has produced the solitary gaffe in his opening four games.
The stats tell the story of two players without much to separate them defensively and while tomorrow will be an interesting head-to-head clash between the two, they could soon be lining up alongside each other should the Blues revive their interest.