Manchester City prolonged their profitable run to 20 matches on the weekend, with John Stones and Ruben Dias on the coronary heart of it.
The centre-backs scored each targets because the runaway Premier League leaders beat West Ham 2-1 on the Etihad Stadium.
Stones and Dias in the end gained’t be judged by what number of targets they rating, nevertheless their work on the different finish of the pitch has been nothing in need of spectacular.
They’ve began collectively 16 occasions this season, holding 12 clear sheets and conceding simply three targets. They’ve truly scored extra targets collectively (5) than they’ve let in.
Former City participant Trevor Sinclair in contrast Stones and Dias to former Manchester United pair Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic earlier this season however Tony Cascarino has recommended they may very well be even higher.
The talkSPORT host claims he can’t keep in mind seeing a centre-back pairing within the Premier League taking part in higher collectively than the England and Portugal stars are proper now.
Cascarino instructed talkSPORT: “It is a staff that have gotten two centre-halves who’re in excellent type.
“We might return and go individually, what Virgil Van Dijk did for Liverpool, what Vincent Kompany, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Tony Adams and lots of extra over time did.
“I can’t keep in mind a partnership of two taking part in that nicely. Stones and Dias have been extraordinary on this run of 20 and earlier than.”
In the meantime, Joe Cole has hailed them as ‘unstoppable’ and claimed Dias’ arrival final summer time has helped to lastly unlock Stones’ true potential.
“Nobody has ever doubted what he can do on the ball,” the previous England star mentioned of Stones.
“He’s most likely as technically environment friendly as a good striker with the ball at his ft. It was the opposite aspect of his sport folks questioned.
“Even I used to be pondering, is he ever going to get there? Then you definitely have a look at his age, he’s in his mid-twenties, he’s made all his errors and he’s discovered from it.
“A younger participant has are available subsequent to him, Dias, and jolted him as a result of he’s the completed article. It’s very uncommon a participant that younger is the completed article like Dias is, it’s a fantastic little bit of recruitment.”
“They’ve put these two collectively and so they’ve conceded three targets in 16 video games, which is simply giving a platform for everybody else. Collectively they appear unstoppable.”
Stones and Dias are anticipated to line up collectively on Tuesday evening as City entertain Wolves.
A win will put Pep Guardiola’s aspect 15 factors away from second-placed Manchester United within the Premier League.