John Stones has made a solid comeback to life at Manchester City.
“Confidence and concentration,” said Lescott on the We’re Not Really Here matchday show when asked where Stones has improved.
“I also believe the additions of Dias and Ake also made him realise it was real and there was a possibility you may be leaving.
“He was down in the pecking order. I don’t think you can argue that he wasn’t 5th or 6th choice centre-half at the start of the season, but he’s been given an opportunity and he’s taken it with both hands and proven he can be as good as anyone in this league.
“He’s got the composure when his confidence is high to do things that other defenders can’t do but he’s also eradicated all the small things and he’s doing the basics well.”
Former City player Michael Brown has added how Stones’ form has kept Laporte out.
“Everybody was saying we need Aymeric back, we missed him on the left and you felt he was the real leader,” added Brown on We’re Not Really Here.
“But things change. You’re at a club like Manchester City, you’re looking over your shoulder, you have a couple of off days.
“We don’t know if he had a slight injury, but it gives someone an opportunity. It breeds that sort of desire in the squad that you’ve got to be on top of your game week in week out.
“And that’s what you need, you need to be looking over your shoulder all the time. That’s what you need in a top club.”