Giggs: Stones can be “top player” if he cuts mistakes out

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From a Premier League great to one of England’s up-and-comers, the message is simple: cut out the mistakes!

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Former Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has acknowledged Manchester City defender John Stones as one of the PL’s brightest talents, however, he does also know that the 22-year-old must limit his shortcomings in order to be considered the best like Rio Ferdinand or Gerard Pique, who he mentions.

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Stones became the world’s most expensive defender this past summer when the centerback came to the Etihad Stadium from Everton for nearly $60 million.

Giggs notes that Stones has already exhibited great strides in his young career, and like many inexperienced players he’ll have to work the kinks out along the way.

“It is all about balance,” Giggs told ITV. “You look at all the great center halfs – Rio Ferdinand and Gerard Pique – they all made mistakes when they were younger, but center halfs and defenders mature with age.

“He’s [Stones] learning on the job. If he can cut those mistakes out he’s going to be a top player.”

Perhaps one day Stones will reach the heights of a Ferdinand or Pique, but until then he has a long way to go before being mentioned in the breath of those talents.