By Harvey Byrne
John Stones made his debut for Manchester City in their 2-1 win over Sunderland on Saturday – and Premier League fans were left wondering where he was for the Black Cats goal.
The England international moved to the Etihad Stadium earlier in the summer for a £47.5million fee, which made him the second most expensive defender ever.
The 22-year-old centre-back started the game and played the full 90 minutes in City’s season opening-day triumph.
Pep Guardiola’s side took the lead early on with a penalty from Sergio Aguero, but a goal from Jermain Defoe which caught Stones well out position made the evening hard work for the Citizens.
It took an own goal from former Manchester United defender Patrick McNair in the 87th minute to gift the Eastlands side the first win of Guardiola’s reign.
The Sunderland goal delighted many Premier League fans, with some bringing up Stones’ mega price-tag.
Fans took to Twitter to share their views on Stones’ role in the buildup to the goal:
— Pavan Kumar (@KumarPavan1273) August 13, 2016
Jermaine Defoe is without a doubt a better player then John Stones. How is he worth £60m? I need answers. #BPL
— Garet Kimmet (@GaretKimmet) August 13, 2016
Good man januzaj.makes a mug of stones and sets up defoe.thats what we want to see
— MARK (@sparkylink) August 13, 2016
Stones pushes up out of position. Defoe scores. Sounds familiar
— Dan EFC 1878 (@Dan_EFC1878) August 13, 2016
50 million for John Stones and he wasn't even within 10 yards of Jermaine Defoe when he equalised for Sunderland… #bargain
— Shane O'Brien (@ShaneOBrien005) August 13, 2016
Gerrin Defoe! Straight through Stones' legs – £47m ??? #MCFCvSAFC
— Mrs Doherty (@jayneb64) August 13, 2016
Januzaj megzing Stones for the assist to Defoe (who's in my fantasy team) has made my night. City splashing 50mil on that?
— scott (@Sc0ttieR) August 13, 2016
Stones dashes out to the man with the ball, leaving a huge gap for the pass to Defoe, who scored easily. Oh dear #cityvsafc
— Alex May (@alex07fcb) August 13, 2016
Stones joined Everton from Barnsley in a £3million move in 2013.
The bright prospect made 95 appearances in all competitions for the Toffees during his three-year stay at the club.
Everton were quick to replace Stones after he left Goodison Park and Ronald Koeman brought in Ashley Williams from Swansea.
In other Everton transfer news, Alan Pardew revealed Yannick Bolasie’s move to Everton is “close”.