When your side beats Barcelona 3-1 in one of the most impressive performances in the club’s history, you’d expect nothing but lavish praise for the whole team wouldn’t you?
Well, not when you have the country’s most confusing centre-back in your side.
John Stones cost Pep Guardiola and Manchester city the best part of £50 million, but he’s still capable of making pretty huge errors, such as passing the ball 40 yards to the opposition’s world class striker.
That was vintage John Stones. Chases a ball, makes a tackle, then smashes a pass towards his own goal to set Barca clean through.— Graham Ruthven (@grahamruthven) November 1, 2016
What were you doing John? The kits aren’t even remotely similar.
John Stones does an amazing job hassling Turan, then bizarrely attempts to assist Luis Suarez when he wins possesion.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) November 1, 2016
That is by far my favourite John Stones moment of all time.— Thom Lawrence 🍋👀 (@lemonwatcher) November 1, 2016
Fortunately for the former Everton defender, Barcelona decided to have a rare moment of inefficiency, and hit the crossbar.
Andre Gomes against the bar after being set up by Luis Suarez. Big relief for John Stones.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) November 1, 2016
But after a mistake that bad in a win that good, what’s the verdict?
Some say there’s brilliance in the boy.
Unnoticed at the back John Stones was brilliant tonight with Zabaleta and Kolarov.— Phil Foxley (@Phil_Foxley) November 1, 2016
Others aren’t so sure.
Sublime & ridiculous in a matter of seconds by John Stones. Just got away with it.— Arlo White (@arlowhite) November 1, 2016
What does ‘an English point of view’ even mean in this context?
What a game!! John Stones had a decent game from an English point of view, yet some still mocking him. Gotta love Twitter..🙄#MCFCVFCB— Matthew Etherington (@mattyethers) November 1, 2016
Is this person being sarcastic? We just can’t tell any more.
John Stones is absolutely top drawer, what a player he's gonna be— CC (@calmcampbell_) November 1, 2016
So many questions…
…so few answers.