John Stones has been urged to consider swapping Manchester City for Leeds United after enduring another injury-riddled season at the Etihad.
Injury-prone Stones has featured just 16 times for Manchester City in the Premier League this season due to various injury setbacks and could be of his way out when the transfer market reopens for business.
Often tormented by fitness issues, the 26-year-old has lost his place in City’s starting XI to Fernandinho, who in spite of being a defensive midfielder, has often played alongside Nicolas Otamendi this term.
Pep Guardiola seems to have lost faith in the former Everton center-back, who has failed to live up to the £47.5 million the Sky Blues dished out for his services in 2016.
With the Spanish manager already scouting Europe for potential defensive reinforcements, Stones could be allowed to leave in the coming months.
Leeds will look to strengthen their squad during the summer after returning to the Premier League after a 16-year absence.
Marcelo Bielsa has already labeled his defensive department as the most vulnerable part of the team and will try to bolster his options ahead of the new season.
Stones would be an ideal candidate to replace Ben White, who has returned to Brighton following a successful loan at Elland Road, according to Adrian Durham.
Indeed, the talkSPORT host thinks the marriage between the English star and the Whites can take place in the summer.
“I do believe in the Leeds thing,” Durham said, as relayed by Daily Star.
“Now, a lot of people will look at this sand say ‘They’ve just got promoted.’
“There’s no way a guy who was starting in a World Cup semi-final, a Nations League semi-final in the last two years and won two titles is going to go from Man City to Leeds.
“But, the loan move is exactly what I was thinking. Leeds have had Ben White, who has been on loan from Brighton.
“If they can get him, then obviously they go for him.
“Because he’s been with them for a year and Bielsa loves him, the fans love him, and he is a terrific player who can play centre-back or in midfield.
“So if that happens, this really isn’t a debate.
“However, if they can’t get Ben White because I think bigger clubs are sniffing around, I think a loan move to take John Stones back to his home county of Yorkshire might be the way forward.
“Because look at what Bielsa does with players; improves them.
“Now, we know John Stones is capable of quality, but he needs that right coaching and the right man-management.
“And I am absolutely convinced that after a season with Bielsa at Leeds United, he would come out of it next May a million dollars and a much better player than he is now.”