Nobody can say definitively either way, so i think it’s fair for him to hold that opinion, but i probably don’t agree with it. He’s ahead of where he should be for a 22-year-old centre-half, but some way off looking like a £45m footballer…if he ought to.
Stones has’t been the problem for City on the whole. He’s made two big errors in games, but he’s generally been pretty good. The issues are the players collectively struggling with their positioning under Pep, the unsuitability of our old full-backs, Bravo, and the lack of a regular partner.
Even at the price, i think Stones will prove a great signing over time, but City aren’t helping him. They need to do what Chelsea have done with Luiz - afford him protection in a regular defence and play to his strengths. Pundits overhyping him because he’s English don’t help…but then neither does people who don’t watch him every week having #bigopinions on him based on the odd episode of Match of the Day they catch or a Vine of him underplaying a backpass.
Ultimately, it’s not his fault somebody decided he was worth that money, and he seems like a smart lad. The media should be more responsible, but i don’t know if he should have a tougher time of it because of where he was born. Same for Raheem Sterling. Same for Dele Alli, Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, etc. We should’ve learned lessons from Rooney, really.