Stan Collymore has gained a reputation for his harsh assessments of modern-day footballers
tallkSPORT pundit Stan Collymore has taken to Twitter to offer his opinion on Manchester City's new £47.5 million signing John Stones.
The former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker is quite clearly not a fan of the 22-year-old, and did not hold back in his assessment of Stones' ability when he posted this message to his official Twitter account:
Stones.— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) 9 August 2016
Less Cruyff turns in his box, more physical defending, simpler decision making, better in box awareness..
And he’ll be a defender.
Collymore's words obviously have a sarcastic undertone, but the sentiments behind the tweet still hold the base of a solid argument regarding Stones' potential ability.
The former Barnsley youngster moved to Goodison Park in January 2013 for around £3 million and went on to make 95 appearances for Everton.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman and John Stones
While he displayed his undoubted talent on a regular basis for the Blues, his career on Merseyside was littered with a series of high profile mistakes that were caused by his overly exuberant ball-playing style, with the Everton fans quick to bemoan his habit of holding on to the ball for too long.
John Stones in action for Everton
City manager Pep Guardiola is obviously a big fan of Stones, however, and the style that the England international plays the game will perfectly suit the Spaniard's philosophy of passing out from the back.
Only time will tell if the £47.5 million turns out to be money well spent, but in the meantime Stones is a player who will continue to divide opinion.
John Stones in action for England