Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Stones Display Is Dividing Opinion

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Stones Display Is Dividing Opinion

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JOHN Stones has been a divisive figure across the footballing landscape.

The Manchester City defender thrives on stepping out of defence and playing out from the back, qualities Pep Guardiola covets.

But several pundits have pointed to his adventurous style as the cause of too many mistakes in a young player still learning his craft.

Stones was one of several players at fault last Wednesday as Borussia Monchengladbach opened the scoring in the Champions League clash that saw City earn a place in the competition's knockout stages.

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane delivered a withering assessment of the England international, signed this summer from Everton as the ideal Guardiola defender.

"It's just too easy, he's like a child getting knocked off the ball," Keane told ITV. …

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