Chelsea are reportedly set to bid again for John Stones after having a £20million offer turned down recently. But how does he compare to the clubs current options and how much is he worth?
Chelsea’s current central defensive options are John Terry (34), Gary Cahill (29) and Kurt Zouma (20), with Branislav Ivanovic also able to play there.
Stones is 21 and Jose Mourinho has probably earmarked him as a replacement for Terry, who may only have one or two seasons left at the highest level.
Stats – The statistics above are significantly warped due to the quality of team the players have played in. For example, Stones was always going to make more blocks and interceptions, because his team normally have more defending to do that Chelsea. His error rate might be the highest of the four, but it’s still a very impressive figure for someone of his age and position. His % of aerial duels currently let him down a little at 63.44% – around 10% lower than Chelsea’s current first choice defensive duo. His overall duels won % is up there with all the others at an impressive 67.05%.
There’s no question that the valuation of Stones represents his potential more than anything else. He has already proven to be a good Premier League defender at the age of 21, leading many to believe he can be a regular for England in the future.
I think Stones could develop into a good long term Terry replacement, especially alongside Cahill for a few years. He will have competition from Zouma but the French defender can also play in other positions.
Stones may also be viewed as a long-term replacement for Ivanovic. Whilst the Serbian’s main position is right back, he can cover in central defence. Stones’ main position is in the centre, but he has proven himself on the right too.
In conclusion I feel Stones is not currently at the level required to start for a team of Chelsea’s quality, but I do think he has the potential. He’s still around 7 years away from his prime years and is already playing at a very good level. Manchester United paid £30million for Rio Ferdinand (around £60million in today’s market) but they wouldn’t have regretted it at all. If Stones can follow in his footsteps and realise his potential, Chelsea would actually get a bargain for anything less than £30million. English talent isn’t cheap these days and Stones is capable of playing at the top level for over ten more years. There’s no doubt his signing would be a risk, but it’s a risk Chelsea can afford to take.
I think it’s probably fair to say that Stones is worth an awful lot more to Everton that Chelsea at this moment. He doesn’t earn a lot, he’s starting games and he has huge potential. Everton will know that they can play Stones for a few more years and his valuation could increase further. Personally I would like to see him stay at Everton for at least one more season. For England’s sake – it’s best our players are playing regularly at that age – and Everton is still a top club to play for, Stones must not forget.
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