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Transfer Balls: why Everton rejected Chelsea’s bid for John Stones

by | 27th, August 2015

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John Stones wants to leave Everton. Chelsea have been tapping on the player’s door all summer, keen to spend all that filthy lucre on the great English hope. Everton are not a big brand. They cannot offer Stones Champions’ League football and massive wages. Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea can.

But Everton can offer Stones a home where he can make mistakes and learn his trade. They can offer him loyal fans who do not turn up only to see their side win, and a young talented manager who wants to keep him.

Stones should stay at Goodison Park, writes  Tony Barrett .

The theory throughout an increasingly tortuous transfer saga has been that there would be an offer that would make Everton buckle, but by adopting such a strong position through their manager, the club have given themselves the best possibly chance of keeping Stones.

Should they do so, they will send a message to clubs in a similar position that they do not have to yield to the league’s biggest fish; that even when a player has formally expressed his desire to go, they can ensure that he sticks to the contract he signed and prevent a scenario in which a club as powerful as Chelsea make themselves even stronger at your expense.

Football fans should want Everton to keep Stones, the player their scouts spotted at Barnsley and recruited in hope of a brighter tomorrow. The problem with selling Stones is that he makes Chelsea stronger and Everton weaker. If a team like Everton can be brave, stick to their guns and deny the wealthier clubs, they stand a better chance to closing the gap and improving the top-heavy Premier League. As Barrett says, “it is in the interests of competitiveness that Everton win this battle.”

Chelsea, of course, are only doing to Everton what they did to Barnsley, from whom they bought the player for £2m. But Everton, one of the most decorated clubs in English football, are entitled to want more.

Chelsea and Stones have every right to want the best for themselves – that is a desire that goes to the very heart of what sport is about; but that desire should not be exclusive to clubs who have the greatest wealth and the greatest current opportunities to be successful. For clubs like Everton to stand any chance of closing the gap they have to do everything they possibly can to keep their best players, otherwise they just end up in a situation in which they are constantly strengthening their rivals and weakening themselves.

Others take a view:

Roberto Martinez:

“We have great ambition, desire and great plans for John. We want to be a winning team and we need to keep our best performers and clearly John is big part of our future.

“We are a big football club with an incredible tradition and we will carry on giving him everything we can.

“As a young man you are under massive pressure and you are going to get influences. We are going to look after John.

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