Neville singles out Stones for specific praise after Krasnodar draw

John Stones is a leader, according to former Everton star Phil Neville, who was impressed with the prospect during the Europa League draw.

Everton banked a further point in Group H of the Europa League as they earned a draw away from home against FK Krasnodar, to add to the previous three the club returned following their 4-1 rout over Wolfsburg.

Krasnondar moved ahead through Ferreira da Silva in the 43rd minute yet Samuel Eto'o leveled the scoreline eight minutes from the final whistle to ensure the Premier League outfit maintained their status as the table toppers.

Despite claiming a superiority over the rest of the group, there are still problems for Roberto Martinez to address - namely; defensive instability as the Toffees have kept just one clean sheet in their last nine appearances in all competitions thus far this season.

Former Evertonian and current coach Phil Neville identified one great positive, though - the performance of 20-year-old prospect John Stones.

 2014-15 Premier League TeamTouches / appDuel Won / appAerial Won / appTackle / appDribble / appAppMin
John Stones Everton 66.00 5.25 1.50 2.25 2.25 4 334

"John Stones looks a leader at the back for Everton," Phil Neville said on Twitter: "He drives the team forward when in possession!"

Stones not only is able to drive the team forward when Everton have the ball, he is also adept at winning possession in the first place, as his statistics above demonstrate.

In Premier League duty, Stones wins - on average - 5.25 duels per game, 1.5 headers per game and over two tackles each time he makes an appearance.

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