Noel Gallagher has confessed his love for John Stones and believes Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City revolution is heading in the right direction.
City began the season on fire, with Guardiola’s new-look side registering 10 straight victories that shot them to the top of the Premier League table.
Progress since then has been mixed – but Gallagher says he has every faith in Guardiola’s ability to turn City into one of Europe’s top sides and believes the quality of their attacking football is evidence of that.
“The style we play is amazing, it’s brilliant,” he said. “Stones is a class defender and I love him.
“Most of the jigsaw pieces are in place now and Pep’s just got to tinker with it.
“It might take a couple of windows but he’ll get it right.
“I think we’re really close to being a great team. If you look at the Liverpool game and Monaco before that, we take the chances we create, we’re sailing through and we’re still up there.
“But it’s small margins, innit? I think next season’s gonna be vastly different.
“We played brilliantly against Liverpool and could and should have won it – and there’s flashes of brilliance.
“Once he gets another couple of transfer windows I think we’ll be alright. I’m excited about next season, for sure.”
Gallagher has also been impressed by the impact Leroy Sane has had since his emergence as one of Guardiola’s most trusted stars.
After a slow start, his goal against Arsenal in December has been the catalyst for vastly improved form and he is now one of the Premier League’s most exciting young players.
With seven goals in his last 14 games, Gallagher says he's already proving a bargain.
"Sane’s brilliant," he said. "It’s all going in the right direction He’s coming in first six or seven games and we were all wondering whether he was cut out for this and Guardiola was saying give him time and he’s one of the best now.
"He looks like a bargain.
"It’s been a good start for Guardiola because we can still win the FA Cup and things are going in the right direction.
"We’re not doing great but we’re not doing bad."