Mens Team

Lescott: 'Stones has big part to play this season'

Joleon Lescott is looking forward to seeing the best of John Stones this season.

Stones, like Lescott, was a high profile transfer from Everton to City and both central defenders went on to represent England.

Speaking on the post-Marseille We’re Not Really Here show, Lescott believes the 26-year-old has a big part to play in City’s quest for glory this campaign and beyond.

“I’m just glad to see him out there,” said Lescott after Stones came on towards the end of game in France.

“Obviously it’s been a difficult time for him with injuries and minutes out on the pitch, so I’m grateful he’s back and fit again.


“I think when everybody is fit, Pep could potentially have a headache and he’ll have a decision to make.

“I think the fact he’d brought two centre-halves in this season in Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake is due to the fact that there hasn’t been a consistency in terms of fitness and form.

“Hopefully, he can see a partnership forming with Dias and Aymeric Laporte this season, but once again, Stones is a top player and given the opportunities, hopefully he can perform.”

Lescott also says he feels for any player who is asked back on to the pitch after the final whistle for a running session.

“No, I didn’t enjoy that!” he smiled.

“It used to be that if you played less than 30 minutes, you had to do some running after the game had finished and I saw Stones doing something similar at the weekend

“I’m sure the incentive for the team is to get the job done and qualification confirmed as soon as possibly so players can be rotated and rested.

“It’s important that happens because there are so many games in such a short space of time.

“Overall, it was important to get a good performance against Marseille.

“We’ve seen a few inconsistences in certain games this season, but this was what we are used to seeing – dominant City from start to finish.

“Marseille didn’t have any chances and we set the tempo and everyone looked happy, so it was a good night’s work.”

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