John Stones - 2016/17 performances

Discussion in 'Player Performances' started by Dax777, 13 Aug 2016.

  1. Lancet Fluke

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    Yeah, I wasn't criticizing you in any way. I actually found it interesting to see what a French paper thought. And you're preaching to the choir in terms of being concerned about stones' defensive abilities.
     
  2. mosssideblue

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    For me, he does everything right until the point it matters. Pep will have other options next season.
     
  3. Tugay One Cup

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    Who? Apparently we're not prioritising a centre back signing this summer.

    Which is worrying because Stones has a lot of improving to do, Otamendi is brainless, Kompany has been perpetually injured and Kolarov is... yeah.
     
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    Sterling was being discussed :)
     
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    My bad, skimmed through and missed the post you quoted.

    I think Sterling will be used as he has this season; as a traditional right winger when we need to hold a wide front line with Sane similarly on the left. There are few players who Pep trusts to play with the inverted winger role to an acceptable level as it's fairly high risk in term of chance creation.

    Bernardo can potentially fill that role on the right and Sanchez obviously on the left so I think it gives us different options with our wide play. Like at Bayern, Pep will have the choice to have right and left footers on their natural sides to create chances for a central forward (like Costa and Coman) or have two confident - and more importantly successful - dribblers to come inside and fashion chances for themselves (like Ribery and Robben).

    Personally, I think our lack of options on the wings last season gave us much less of a variety in ways to break down stubborn and packed defences. The other downside is that we couldn't rotate when players were underperforming or burnt out.
     
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    Stonesy lad looked well rusty always takes time to get up to speed and close season he probably hasn't been too fussed
    Started to stand up and defend as the game went on,the free kick Giroud got for the first goal was daylight robbery same as the ones in the cup semi final Stones standing his ground waiting for the ball to arrive and Giroud backs in taking the f.in piss
     
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  7. cibaman

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    He hadnt played for a while before the France game. Ended the season on something of a downer, due to injury Dropped against Scotland. Then played in a completely unfamiliar, fragile defence. He was never going to be MOTM.

    I expect Pep will re-build his confidence during pre season and we'll see a much improved Stones, playing in a much improved defence, next season.
     
  8. mosssideblue

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    Lets hope so as based on last season with us and Everton prior, not currently good enough.
     
  9. Lancet Fluke

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    With both Stones and Mangala we spent huge sums on players who had just had a poor season. I know the whole "class is permanent form is temporary" is true broadly speaking but when buying young players who you are very much relying on to "kick on" it strikes me that gambling large amounts on a player whose form has significantly dipped is not a great strategy.
     
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    That would be great.

    But considering how much effort is going into rebuilding the rest of the team, should we be going into the next season relying on that happening ?
     

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