Hoddle: ‘Pep Guardiola is not what John Stones needs’

Date published: Sunday 13th November 2016 7:01

John Stones: Not yet at his best

John Stones: Not yet at his best

Glen Hoddle has admitted he has concerns over the future of John Stones, and claims Pep Guardiola may not be the right man for his development.

The former Everton and Barnsley defender is well known for adopting a ball-playing style, which has led to accusations of him over-playing the ball at times.

Pep Guardiola’s style of play should be a perfect fit for Stones, but Hoddle believes it has not been the most beneficial of relationships so far.

“John Stones is at a crossroads in his career,” Hoddle wrote in his Daily Mail column.

“He may only be 22 but he now has to decide whether he wants to be something really special or end up being a defender with whom managers eventually lose patience.

“I know that seems unlikely at Manchester City, where he has a manager for whom passing the ball out form the back is sacrosanct. And some will say that he a great environment in which to thrive.”

Hoddle claims that Stones is not yet reaching his full potential, and believes that he must improve his decision making.

“But I’m beginning to fear Stones isn’t learning. Maybe Pep Guardiola isn’t what he needs; it’s almost like the over-indulgent father who never reprimands his son, who consequently never learns appropriate boundaries of behaviour.

“Stones looks like a player who feels he has to play out of defence on principle, on every occasion, no matter what. And that’s just not the case.”

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