This summer saw Everton defender John Stones strongly linked with a move to Chelsea after his recent excellent form. He has continued that form into the new campaign and Chelsea will certainly wish they had got hold of their man this summer.
One man however believes that his value is nowhere near that of Italian youngster Alessio Romagnoli.
In doing so he made it clear that he felt Romagnoli is worth much more than Stones. He stated:
“Last summer I went to watch the Under-21 European Championships in the Czech Republic.
“Well, if Everton are asking €50m for John Stones, then Romagnoli is worth €70m.
“He has a simple game, he does the right things without overdoing it and let’s remember that he’s only 20 years old.
“That’s an age when it’s permitted to make mistakes, but instead Milan are asking him to be the leader of their defence. It’s not easy, but he can do it.”
The two are however different styles of defender. Stones is a more modern defender, good with the ball at his feet and always considering potential avenues to turn defence into attack. Romagnoli is however a stronger natural defender.
Everton fans will rightly however doubt Costacurta’s assertion – mainly because Stones has proved himself much more than the Milan defender at this point in his career.
The Everton man is a fully fledged England international who has already chalked up 87 games in his professional career, more than double that of Romagnoli – who joined AC Milan from Roma this summer.
Costacurta may be speaking through Rossoneri tinted sunglasses when discussing the potential of the flawless Romagnoli, but right now there is no doubt that Stones is worth considerably more than the Milan defender.