The whole country seems to be on the case of Everton defender John Stones as he attempted to push through a move to Chelsea, but here are five reasons why Dean Smith of footballtips.com thinks the youngster should continue to pursue a move to Stamford Bridge.
1) He will have more chance of winning trophies
Nobody starts playing football so they can be ‘loyal.’ As a kid starting out, you always dream of winning trophies and playing with the best and at Chelsea, Stones has the perfect opportunity to do exactly that.
Although Everton are by no means a small club, recent history shows Chelsea as much more successful. He’d be leaving a side that hasn’t won a major competition in over 20 years to join the current league Champions and recent Champions League winners.
Where were the people vilifying Stones when he moved from Barnsley to Everton? I don’t believe for one second that he ever saw Everton as a stepping stone to a bigger club, but when the bigger club does come calling he has every right to answer the call.
2) He can learn from the best
Has there been a better centre back in the history of the Premier League than Chelsea’s captain fantastic John Terry? In this writer’s humble opinion, no there has not.
There cannot be a better player to pass knowledge on than the man that has captained England on several occasions, as well as leading the Blues to a host of trophies over the last few years and picking up several personal accolades along the way.
Even the likes of Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill have a host of Premier League experience and in my opinion, Stones is already Everton’s best central defender. At Chelsea, he’d be one of several top class defenders.
3) He can ease into the pressure of a starting spot
And as such, he can be prepared to be used as part of a rotating squad in his first season at Stamford Bridge. As John Terry is eased out of his regular starting spot, Stones can be eased in over the course of this campaign.
This is perfect for Stones at this age. The pressure of playing for the reigning champions, with the weight of expectation on his shoulders, could be too much to bear if he was asked to be a key player from the off. Thankfully for him, this won’t be the case.
4) He can form a partnership with Gary Cahill
I can’t help but feel that Stones and Cahill will compliment each other perfectly. Stones is perhaps stronger playing the ball out from the back, while Cahill’s determination and commitment is something that the ex-Barnsley man could learn from.
What’s more, this could be perfect for England. With Phil Jagielka’s career now coming to an end, boss Roy Hodgson will be looking for Cahill’s new partner with the Three Lions. Surely if Stones can develop a partnership with the ex-Aston Villa, it will stand him in good stead for his international duty.
5) He can earn a better living for himself
It all comes down to money at the end of the day. Would you leave your job if you were head-hunted by a bigger, more successful company with the means to double or triple your wages?
It’s a no-brainer for him. Stones is no Everton fan, he was raised as a Barnsley supporter and moved to the Premier League club when the opportunity came, in order to make a better living and forge a better career for himself. A move to Chelsea would be another move in that direction.
Loyalty in football is all but dead, but you can’t blame a player for wanting to earn more money while having more chance of winning trophies and more chance of becoming a regular international. That’s simply to be expected.