The centre-back is in sensational form – a key component in City’s recent record-breaking success – with solid displays at the back and impressive goalscoring contributions in attack!
The defender bagged the winner in Saturday’s hard-fought 2-1 win over West Ham United, sweeping home Riyad Mahrez’s cut-back with aplomb.
Reflecting on the level of his performance, which has earned deserved acclaim, the 26-year-old says he could not be happier – and hopes there is even more to come.
“It is hard to self-evaluate yourself,” Stones said, “but I am loving and enjoying my football, working hard and I feel like I am improving which is the main thing.
“If I can keep improving as a player on and off the pitch, helping the players when I don’t play when the squad is rotated… I am just thoroughly enjoying it.
“Hopefully, I can keep moving in the right direction.”
Recalling Saturday’s match-winning strike, Stones expressed his delight, admitting it stood out amongst his personal collection in its importance.
The triumph moved City 13 points clear of Manchester United and Leicester City in the Premier League table, whilst earning our 20th successive win and extending our outstanding unbeaten run to 27 games!
“I am really pleased to get another goal,” he continued. “It was a massive and important one as well.
“I think it is the first one that I have scored that has actually made us win the game.
“On a personal note, I am really pleased for the guys as we worked hard and deserved the three points I felt overall.
“It was really hard. We knew what we were going to go up against – they are a quality side and are fourth in the table for a reason.
“The run they have been on as well; we must give them massive credit and how they set up against us as they made it really difficult.
“I felt that we got going quite early on in the game and towards the later stage of the first half we obviously conceded and we felt a bit deflated at half-time.
“We had to pick ourselves up, show our character and our mentality and I feel like we did that by coming out in the second half and playing like we did.
“Everyone was fighting right until the last minute and it shows great signs of a winning side and a winning mentality. We go for the next one now.
“It is a massive win, massive three points and we keep the run going.”