Martinez: Stones can be captain if he learns from these four stars

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Roberto Martinez has called for Everton prospect John Stones to learn from the more experienced members of his team.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has heaped praise on John Stones, saying that he believes the young defender can become the captain of the club in the future.

Martinez wants Stones to learn from the more experienced members of the current squad to help him fulfil his potential. 

The Spanish boss also explained that he considers the 20-year-old a special talent and unique prospect. 

"I think John Stones has been in terrific form and he has a unique talent as a modern-day centre-half," Martinez said in a press conference today. 

"John has got the perfect core of players to learn from at the club with Jagielka, Distin, Alcaraz and Tim Howard behind him.

"I see John Stones as a future captain and he is taking in the leadership of others around him at the moment."

Stones has earned international recognition for his form since breaking through at Goodison Park, making his debut for England in May.

The defender has played at both centre-back and right-back for Everton since singing from Barnsley, but has impressed wherever he has been stationed. 

Martinez has shown great faith in the inexperienced defender being able to make the step-up and Stones has proved his manager correct. 

However, whilst he has been impressing, the rest of his teammates have not been able to reach top form. 

The Toffees made it to fifth in the Premier League last season, raising expectations for a repeat this time around, but they are languishing in the bottom half at the moment. 

Martinez takes his side to take on Manchester United at Old Trafford and Stones will be key to his side's success.

The Red Devils have great attacking quality, but can be exposed defensively and if Stones can keep Louis Van Gaal's side's high-profile attackers quiet then that may be the foundation that Everton need to pull off an upset. 

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