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John Stones: a rare talent but value only if Pep Guardiola removes the flaws | Andy Hunter

Manchester City will be able to justify Stones’s label as the most expensive defender in English football history at £47.5m if the former Everton player avoids taking unnecessary risks and fulfils his rich promise

It was 3 January 2016, the closing minutes of Tottenham Hotspur’s visit to Goodison Park, and Everton were on the brink of their first point in three home matches when John Stones took possession inside his penalty area with Son Heung-min breathing down his neck. What followed demonstrated the composure, the class and the overindulgence of the most expensive defender in English football history. Remove the flaw, and Pep Guardiola may not have to justify £47.5m for a foundation of the Manchester City defence for years to come.

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