14 August 2016
While football fans were still nagging about the outrageous transfer fee Manchester United paid to land Paul Pogba, their Manchester neighbour, City shocked the world with the huge transfer fee they paid for 22-year-old Everton defender, John Stones.
Manchester City last Tuesday paid a staggering £47.5m for the young English defender who was only good enough for the bench at the Euro 2016 championship.
Stones made his debut for City on Saturday in their evening fixture against Sunderland that saw the Citizens win by 2 goals to 1. With the very expensive and young Stones in defense, one would expect a meaner City defense that won’t concede goals against regular relegation team like Sunderland.
The above stated and more which will be highlighted below are some of the reasons why City might have been wrong to pay that much for his services:
- Bayern Munich’s much more accomplished defenders like Jerome Boateng and newly acquired Mat Hummels from Borrussia Dortmund both cost 40 million Euros; not each, but the two of them combined. This means Stones should comfortably do what the duo can do and more since he cost more than double what the two of them cost combine (that’s on a serious/light note). These two well respected defenders have at least eight years of Uefa Champions League (UCL) experience between them while Stones has none, not even one.
- EPL Defenders with much better statistical record from last season don’t cost that much. See the image (from skysports) below for how Stones fared amongst other EPL defenders last season:
- For defenders, their best days comes when they are close to age 30 as have been seen with the game’s topmost defenders like John Terry (Chelsea), Pepe (Real Madrid), Gioginio Chiellini (Juventus), Thiago Silva (PSG). When David Luiz became the game’s most expensive defender in June 2014 when he moved to PSG from Chelsea for £50m, he was already 27-years-old and has five years more experience playing on the big stage than Stones currently does. At the time also, David Luiz had not less than five years of European football experience.
Many have sited desperation as why clubs make outrageous spending like City and United did on Stones and Pogba respective but should desperation take sway over rationality?