QPR midfielder Joey Barton has recommended a new signing that Arsenal should consider recruiting…
Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton believes that Arsenal should sign Everton defender John Stones to solve their defensive woes, and set them up well for the future.
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The 20-year-old has only managed ten appearances for the Toffees so far this season, after requiring surgery on an injured ankle, but Barton feels that Stones will become the focal point of Everton’s defence, and the Gunners should act before his value sky-rockets.
Stones was named on Roy Hodgson’s standby list for England’s World Cup campaign last summer, and drew plenty of praise from the former Manchester City and Newcastle United man, himself a one-time international.
“If you look at Arsenal and the style they play, surely they are looking at John Stones for Everton. He fits their model,” Barton told reporters, prior to being quoted by Goal.com.
“He’s an exceptional player. He’s going to be the hub of Everton’s defence. Reality says that you’re going to pay a premium for him with the longer you wait because he’s going to keep improving and improving with game time.
“They take the likes of [Calum] Chambers so they do invest in youth. But then you look at it, if they sort the back four out, the midfield is still relatively weak.
“If you look at the great sides Wenger built and they all could compete. To win a title, as [Jose] Mourinho knows, as [Sir Alex] Ferguson knew, you have to be able to go away, at this time of the year and dog a game out. I think Arsene just want to play this pretty football.”
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