Former Manchester City captain, Vincent Kompany, is confident John Stones can be a defender City need him to be if he can avoid injuries
Stones has yet to prove the Citizens were not wrong to splash out £50m for his services in 2016, often struggling for form and fitness.
A frequent target of criticism by the British media, the English centre-back has also endured some off-field inconveniences that have reflected badly on his on-field performances.
Currently sidelined with a thigh injury, the England international has gobbled just nine Premier League appearances since the turn of the year, mainly due to physical problems.
With Aymeric Laporte ruled out of action for the remainder of the year, Pep Guardiola desperately needs the 25-year-old to be at his peak, as the reigning holders go after their third successive league title.
Kompany, who had been playing with Stones for three years, believes that former Everton defender has what it takes to become a leader and his successor at the Etihad.
“I’ve always said John is one of the most talented defenders,” said Kompany, as per the British outlet Mirror. “He’s got such a bright future, and he’s already achieved a lot, let’s not forget that.
“He’s not a young defender anymore that hasn’t got any experience. He’s a multiple Premier League-winning central defender who’s growing.
“But the one thing I wish for him is consistency – consistency of games and consistency of fitness. Then he will show the world how good he is.
“He just has to get himself on the pitch, be himself and he’ll be fine. I’ve not seen signs of weakness I need to be worried about.
“He’s just a top-class defender. If now he gets to play games, things will sort themselves out, no doubt.”