Arsenal legend Paul Merson feels John Stones and Harry Kane must leave their respective clubs for the good of their careers.
Stones is nothing more than a bit-part player at Manchester City.
Whether Pep Guardiola doesn’t trust him or doesn’t think he is good enough, Stones runs the risk of becoming the forgotten man if he doesn’t move soon.
Merson told Talksport:
“If you were John Stones you’d want to be leaving now, wouldn’t you?
“In my opinion he’s fit to play. If he’s not fit why is he on the bench?”
“It was a strange one for me.”
“It’s one of those Pep Guardiola decisions that was amazing, but it could have gone wrong.”
“It was a big call to leave Stones on the bench.”
There is competition at City, but not good enough to warrant Stones not getting a look in.
“Rodri and Fernandinho did well at Crystal Palace but you wouldn’t want to play them together at the back for the next 28 games.”
Merson feels Stones should be looking for answers or a move.
“From my experience, I’d be asking serious questions if I were Stones.”
“It’s like me being a no.10 and a manager putting Tony Adams in my place.”
“I’d be thinking what’s happening here?”
“A holding midfielder is not a centre-half. This lad is a £50m defender.”
“It’s not like he was always there, and Pep just doesn’t fancy him as a player – a bit like Mesut Ozil and Unai Emery – it’s not like that at all.
“I would say that decision is the final proof that Pep just doesn’t trust Stones anymore.”
“It really doesn’t look good for Stones.”
Similarly, Merson feels Harry Kane should seek pastures new, but for a very different reason.
“When you are someone like Harry Kane, you’ve got to be sitting down at the end of the season and thinking.”
“What am I going to do?”
“Am I going to stay here and win absolutely nothing?”
“Or do I go on and try and win something in my career?”
“I’m not having a dig at Tottenham, but you play to win in your career.”
“Winning is the reason you play the game.”
This may be a little North London rivalry, by Merson a former Arsenal man doesn’t think Sours will ever be in that category.
it was only the other day, that Roy Keane suggested Manchester United needed Kane to get back to the top.
Could this be the next transfer saga this summer?