Former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has said John Stones is ready to show the world just how great he is this season.
Stones was tipped for the best for years but a lack of consistency and mistakes have hampered his progress.
City director Pep Guardiola for a lot of the run-in made out the 25-year-old to last year’s Premier League title victory, together with Kompany preferred on a number of occasions.
However, Aymeric Laporte out injured for the upcoming few months and with Kompany having left, Stones is place for a prolonged run alongside Nicolas Otamendi at the heart of City’s defence.
Kompany said:”I’ve always stated John is among the most talented defenders. He’s got such a bright future.
“He has already achieved a lot, let’s not overlook that. He is not a young defender anymore. He.
“The one thing that I want for him is consistency – consequences of consistency and games of fitness – and then he’ll show the world just how good he is.
“By the end of itif City can acquire a Champions League or some thing, all of a sudden he’ll be mentioned in a completely different category.
“He just needed to get himself on the pitch, be himself and he will be fine. I’ve not seen signs of weakness I want to be worried about.
“He’s just a top-class defender. If now he has to play with games things will sort themselves out, no doubt.”
Stones is expected to return to confront Norwich this weekend also he and Otamendi have been City’s sole senior fit centre-backs.
City’s decision to not sign another guardian to replace Kompany in the summer has been questioned but the Belgian believes his former team are still more than capable of dealing.
He explained:”Three world-class center backs is amazing with no standard. I’ve not seen many teams have four leading although Previously we had the luxury of four.
“It wasn’t normal. It just happened due to circumstance. ‘OK, Vinny can break down, therefore we’ll bring another person’.
“Most clubs aren’t advised to get it done and also have three. Clubs operate with a one and three world-class springs. City have got unfortunate with an accident, that’s it.”