Three reasons why John Stones should pick Man United over Chelsea

Three reasons Everton defender John Stones should opt to join Manchester United over Chelsea

LVG’s project

With Louis Van Gaal entering his second season in charge at Old Trafford, it is clear to see that he is building his own dynasty on the red side of Manchester. The Dutchman’s philosophy and stamp on the team is beginning to become clearer by the day, and his work in the transfer window is pleasing Manchester United fans worldwide. With the signings he has made so far, it is clear that Van Gaal is looking to combine young players with potential like Memphis Depay, with already proven signings who have plenty of experience and can act as leaders such as Bastian Schweinsteiger. With rumours circulating regarding Sergio Ramos and Nicolas Otamendi joining United, one name that has been on the lips of many fans has been that of 21-year-old John Stones. The Barnsley born centre-back has recently been subject to a bid of £20m from Premier League champions Chelsea, which was swiftly rejected by Everton. His talent and potential is clear to see, and what might attract Stones to an Old Trafford switch is the chance to be a part of Louis Van Gaal’s rebuilding project at Old Trafford. After seeing big names such as Schweinsteiger, Angel Di Maria and Morgan Schneiderlin all join United to became a part of the project, Liverpudlian John Stones may fancy himself becoming a part of Van Gaal’s ‘Gaalacticos’. Chelsea are of course already proven and have a team capable of not only retaining their Premier League crown, but also challenging Europe’s elite in the Champions League. However, Stones could see United as a better option for himself to become part of a team building process for a more long term solution.

Linking up with England team mates

Stones could look at his potential team-mates at both sides and favour United’s when he considers the number of English internationals already a part of the defence at Old Trafford. Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, and Luke Shaw are already on the United books and form a vital part of Van Gaal’s defence. Stones could be attracted to play with these fellow Englishman when he considers his international future as well as his club ambitions. By joining United and forming a bond with the likes of Smalling, Jones and Shaw, this could work in his favour of winning international caps, and forming part of a successful defence at Old Trafford that could also be utilised at international level. We have seen the advantage of using club combinations at international level in the past, with successful teams such as World Cup winners Germany, Spain, Italy and Brazil. Many of these sides used already proven combinations at club level and they worked wonders for the international side.

Become a first team player quicker

Last season, as Chelsea eased to the Premier League crown, they also conceded the fewest goals in the league, making their defence the best in England statistically. No one could argue that the back four of Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, John Terry and Cesar Azpilicueta was the best in the league, and with talented reinforcements like Kurt Zouma and Nathan Ake for Jose Mourinho to call upon, they are hardly short in defensive recruits. Should Stones opt to sign for Chelsea, Mourinho would surely not be able to guarantee him first-team football, and the talented Englishman could potentially spend a large amount of time sat on the Stamford Bridge bench. Club captain Terry showed no signs of his age last season and Gary Cahill has formed a good partnership with the Blues veteran at the heart of Chelsea’s defence. If however Stones decided on Old Trafford as his next destination, he would most certainly be more likely to become a key first team member quicker than he would at Stamford Bridge, and would stand a far better chance of regular first team action sooner.

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