Stones will be a hit at Barcelona – Hansen


Liverpool legend Alan Hansen claims that Everton defender John Stones will be a massive hit at Barcelona if the Catalan giants takes a chance on him. 

The 21-year-old is regarded as one of the best emerging talents in position and was chased by Chelsea all summer but the Toffees refused to sell despite mouth-watering bids.

However, with Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, and Real Madrid all monitoring his progress, Hansen who won eight top-flight titles at Anfield believes that Barcelona will be his best fit.

“In a footballing sense, and this is purely a footballing consideration, Barcelona would be perfect for him,” the Scot said in quotes reported by The Mirror.

“The way he plays, and the way they play, would be the ideal match-up. Yes, they have some unbelievable talents higher up the pitch, but they haven’t lost a football match for five months because they don’t give many goals away.

“From what I’ve seen, Stones has all the attributes, but when you read about clubs being prepared to spend £50million on him, at this stage you are still paying for potential.

“And of course it is important where he plays his football – and that he plays regularly – to help him develop.

“What England need is English defenders coming through and playing at the highest possible level.”

Everton currently sit 12th on the Premier League log and the lure of Champions League football next season may see him depart Goodison Park.