Manchester City centre-back John Stones has been awarded the club’s player of the month award for December after some very strong defensive displays.
The 26-year-old had only made two league appearances before the start of last month, but he featured in six matches in December, with all the games ending in clean sheets.
Many felt Stones’ time at the club was all but over in the summer, with the player having been linked with the likes of Arsenal, West Ham and Chelsea, but fans on Twitter have given him massive credit for turning his career around at the Etihad:
Well deserved ?
— Miles (@9320miles) January 7, 2021
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER
— giffari (@arfgiffari) January 7, 2021
— 박아론 (@AaronPark03) January 8, 2021
Dude is looking solid defensively and commanding too…. With Ruben and Cancelo with him….they are looking like a statement
— Ederhi Trust Oghenekevwe (@TrustEderhi) January 8, 2021
Well done, he’s come back playing football better than ever before.
— GEOFF (@geoffgerrard) January 8, 2021
He fight for he s place
— Tatenda (@Tatenda51456084) January 8, 2021
— Try See (@Atiahleather4) January 7, 2021
Player of the season so far ?? Quality job and back in form . Keep it up John
— Bluemooner ?? (@MCFCEll) January 7, 2021
Well done! Had his knockers but anyone who saw him in the last World Cup knows what he’s capable of. Onwards and upwards
— Liam Horrigan (@LiamHog1973) January 7, 2021
His partnership with Ruben Dias has been formidable. They have only conceded one goal when they have played together, and that was only a consolation when Callum Hudson-Odoi scored in injury time during the 3-1 win over Chelsea at the start of this month.
The Stones-Dias combination has meant Aymeric Laporte has been forced to play second fiddle, and nobody would have predicted that at the start of the season.