Former Evertonian and current coach is encouraged by the development of Toffees centre back John Stones.
Everton convincingly defeated Wolfsburg in their debut outing of the Europa League group stage earlier this evening, Thursday, with Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines both getting themselves on the scoresheet.
However, it was not the goals that impressed former Everton and Manchester United utility Phil Neville, but the manner in which John Stones has been nurtured from youth level to academy prospect and into a player establishing himself in the senior set-up.
Stones, 20, is capable of playing in the heart of defence or on the right and, already this season, has returned three tackles, two interceptions, six clearances and has shown exceptional ball-playing ability as underlined by his 93% passing accuracy.
For Neville, it is not technical assets that make Stones stand-out, but his mentality.
He said on Twitter: "John Stones is growing into a very good player. He has got a great temperament which is vital at this level."
John stones is growing into a very good player - got a great temperament which is vital at this level— Philip Neville (@fizzer18) September 18, 2014