Having signed a new five-year contract at Everton this week, youngster John Stones has revealed he has ambitions to be the club’s captain in the future.
Joining the Toffees from Barnsley in January 2013, the 20-year-old made 26 appearances in his first full season at Goodison Park, while also being named on the standby list for England’s 2014 World Cup squad.
Going on to make his debut in May’s 3-0 friendly win over Peru, the two-time capped defender now wants to emulate his international teammate and current skipper Phil Jagielka by wearing the armband one day, believing he possesses all the right attributes for the role.
‘I’d love to captain Everton,’ he told the club’s official website. ‘It’s a massive dream of mine and the big name players that have done it in the past, I would love to follow in their footsteps.
‘I’d like to think that I have the attributes. I’d like to think that I can do it in the future and, if that chance came along, I would jump on it straight away.
‘It’s been massive for my learning curve to play alongside Jags and Sylvain [Distin],’ he added. ‘They are experienced pros and to learn off them day in and day out and in games is helping me as a person.
‘They are leaders and hopefully I can keep learning off them to get better as a player.’
With Everton attempting to improve upon 2013-14’s impressive fifth-place Premier League finish, the centre-back-cum-right-back will be looking to further establish himself among a group of impressive defenders, following a whirlwind first 18 months at the club.
Is John Stones captain material?