News now: 'Surprised': £50m Man City star admits Pep's tactical tweak leaves him baffled sometimes

Since Pep Guardiola gave John Stones a new job at Manchester City, he has acknowledged that he occasionally finds himself in unexpected places.

One of the more intriguing elements of City's journey to the Triple Crown last season was Stones' shifting position.

When City possesses the ball, the England international has recently started to move into midfield areas.

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In an effort to generate overloads in the midfield, he moves up alongside Rodri.

It is a strategy that enables City to further control the ball.

Stones is still getting the hang of the job. But so far, he looks incredible in it, and it's intriguing to imagine what level he might achieve in the upcoming season.

John Stones admits surprise about his midfield role for Man City

City defeated Yokohama F. Marinos 5-3 in their first preseason match against the Japanese team yesterday.

City fell behind 2-0 but recovered by overcoming their rust.

Stones, who just met Andres Iniesta, scored one of the goals after Julian Alvarez did a nice job of holding up the ball.

Stones are already becoming seen near and around the area's edge.

Additionally, the man himself is taken aback by this.

"I'm still learning every day, training, trying to master little things that I'm good at and working on the things I'm not good at," he stated following the victory over Yokohama, according to

"And if the manager wants to use me there and decides to use the same tactics from last season or try something new, I'll give it everything I have.

"I adore having the ability to move forward, develop things, and showcase my abilities and that aspect of my game.

I occasionally surprise myself with the positions I find myself in, but I do genuinely like it and always strive to give it my all.

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Hearing the Stones speak like way is incredibly fascinating.

When the £50 million star appears so at ease on the field, it is quite simple to forget that he has just recently taken on this hybrid role.

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