This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
When John Stones signed for Manchester City for a whopping £50.04 million back on the 9th August 2016, perhaps a few raised their eyebrows.
Should Everton buy Stones back?
Indeed, the Everton ace was made the world’s second most expensive defender at the time, as the Merseyside club made an absolutely huge profit on the central defender.
They paid just £3.15 million to take him from Barnsley just over three years earlier, where he played in 28 games in all competitions across two consecutive seasons, scoring one goal, according to Transfermarkt.
His recorded market value while at Barnsley was just a mere £90,000, but that sum was about to get a whole lot bigger.
Stones went on to play in 95 matches in all competitions across three consecutive campaigns at Goodison Park, netting once, as per Transfermarkt.
The 26-year old helped the Toffees managed to finish in a highly commendable 5th place in the Premier League table in the 2013/14 season, the highest that they had managed since the 2004/05 term (via the website).
Reaching a peak market value of £27 million while at the Blues, the decision to buy Stones from Barnsley for just a snippet of that was looking to be a quite brilliant bit of business.
Nevertheless, the English international got his big-money move to Pep Guardiola’s Man City, where he has since made 133 appearances in all competitions over the last four seasons (per Transfermarkt).
Stones has now won two Premier League titles and numerous domestic cups, but his career since moving to the Etihad Stadium has not always been spectacular.
The central defender made a relatively high three errors leading to goals in his debut campaign in the top flight for City, and even more recently there were calls for him to be dropped by his own fans after his mistake in the Carabao Cup final versus Dean Smith’s Aston Villa.
Former England centre-back Jamie Carragher also slammed Stones for his “stupid” mistakes while on international duty in the UEFA Nations League semi-final defeat to the Netherlands.
EFC made a quite staggering profit of over 1500% on Stones, and given his errors in big games in recent years and market value decline while at City, it looks like great business was done at exactly the right time.
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