As Manchester City look set to hit the 98-point margin they’ll likely need to win the title, it’s easy to forget about the size of their squad. Depth has been key to such incredible consistency, and it’s one of the many reasons why players such as John Stones have become so hard to spot. The England international has not played as much this season, dropping out of the side in the second half of the season especially. City, though, seem keen to tie him up to a new deal – starting with a new deal to tie the 24-year-old down beyond his 2022 expiry date.
Despite playing 22 league games in 2018-19, Stones has been an important part of the City squad. Pep Guardiola likely values his style as a player and would be loathe to move on a player who still has so much growing to do. Despite being around the top end of Premier League football for several years, Stones is still only 24. As such, he could do so much growing in a short space of time.
With Nicolas Otamendi and Vincent Kompany reaching the point where replacements might be sought, Stones is an important part of this growing City dynasty. Keeping him tied down and at the club for the long-term would be of huge importance to City and would likely become a minor priority as we approach the 3-year point of expiry.
If City wish to continue along the path they are on presently, players such as Stones will become imperative to keep around.