Three reasons why John Stones should pick Chelsea over Man United
Jonathan Spencer examines why Everton defender John Stones should opt to join Chelsea ahead of Manchester United
A captain’s touch
Not only would John Stones be joining the Premier League champions, he would also be learning under one of the best and most experienced centre-halves in the league, John Terry. At only 21, he has plenty of exciting seasons ahead of him and what better way to develop than playing with Terry, who has racked up 459 league appearances for Chelsea. Stones is one of the few bright prospects in England and it is vital he has the right balance of experience and quality to educate him further. With the likes of Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta around him, his overall knowledge of the game would expand massively. Would he get this at Manchester United? Currently, there is a lack of experience or world-class talent at Old Trafford, meaning he would not be able to learn from the best and improve his game even more. It is essential for both England and Stones himself that he develops and matures into a world-class centre-half and that is more likely to happen at Stamford Bridge.
Premier League champions
At such a young age, some fans may believe this could be a poor decision for the talented English centre-half if he decides to leave for London. However, just like all young players in the modern game, the desire to move for trophies is huge. After a disappointing campaign last year at 11th-placed Everton, he will certainly be looking for a huge improvement this season and may want an immediate step up. Working alongside the best players in Europe is tempting enough but to play for the holders of the Premier League is too big a challenge to turn down. At present time, Chelsea go into the season as favourites to win the league again and with Stones’ ability, there is the likeliness that he can play a major part in the club’s season and win an abundance of silverware in the future.
There is no doubt that Jose Mourinho is very keen on bringing Stones to Stamford Bridge. Already seeing a £20m bid turned down from Everton shows just how highly the Blues manager rates the English international. Also, the Portuguese coach knows how to get the best out of his players and can really excel him to another level. Even though the Toffees star has pledged his loyalty to Everton and stated that he wants to nail down a regular spot at the club, it will be hard for the Goodison Park board and Stones himself to turn down the opportunity if a higher bid comes in for the player. The chance to work with one of the best managers in the world that has won many major club competitions, including the Premier League and Champions League, will be a huge incentive for the 21-year-old. It is vital that Everton do everything in their armoury to keep this huge talent, as he could be key to the future of the club.