“We don’t want potential do we? I want the thing, and right now”
Allardyce said: “We don’t want potential do we? I want the thing, and right now. Potential is something that’s going to be great in the future. I want ‘right now’ and I think he’s got a great chance of becoming ‘right now’ working with City.
“People don’t realise Pep does focus quite a lot on defending. Oh yeah, not just wining the ball back.
“Pique was a little similar at Man United until he went to Barcelona then he became a good defender as well as a great attribute for Barcelona in possession. So he had both. That’s why he stayed there for so long.”
While Stones has been handed a vote of confidence, rookie striker Marcus Rashford’s days in the senior set-up appear on hold.