Tottenham legend Glen Hoddle has suggested that Mauricio Pochettino could target John Stones if he loses Toby Alderweireld in the summer.
Hoddle was writing in his column in the Mail Online after England’s 1-0 win against the Netherlands on Friday.
He said that John Stones and Harry Maguire looked “so comfortable and capable” in the game, and that he wanted to see the same 3-5-2 system used again against Italy on Tuesday.
And he suggested that John Stones could look to leave Man City, with the player struggling for game after a hamstring injury.
Stones has played just nine minutes in the last six Premier League games for Man City, despite joining for £47.5million in the summer of 2016 – a fee that made him the world’s second most expensive defender at the time.
That fee was smashed by Man City in January when they signed Aymeric Laporte for a fee reported by Sky Sports to be £57million.
“Going back to Stones, it seems strange to think that any player should ever consider leaving Manchester City but I think the only worry for his career is whether he goes on to play enough club football,” wrote Hoddle.
“Pep Guardiola also has Nicolas Otamendi, Aymeric Laporte and Vincent Kompany to pick from so we’ll have to see how it works out for John.
“Perhaps Tottenham would be interested if they are unable to keep Toby Alderweireld?”
Football Insider verdict:
Perhaps a decent example of why Hoddle never really hit the same heights as manager that he did as a player. Buying Stones, a man who still has five years left on his contract and would command a huge fee, despite not being a regular starter, is not something that Pochettino would consider. He’s already got Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen, with Juan Foyth waiting to be unleashed, if Alderweireld does leave. He might then look for another centre-back as back-up, but he’d be better off trigger the reported £3million clause for Jonny Evans than spending a fortune on Stones.
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