Why Yobo offers Everton short-term solution in Stones’ absence

Former Everton hero could be the man to help get the ToffeesPremier League campaign back on track after John Stones picked up an injury.

An experienced Premier League defender who impressed for Nigeria at the World Cup in Brazil, Joseph Yobo may be in the twilight years of his career but with John Stones facing a spell on the sidelines after damaging ankle ligaments, he could be the best option available to Everton.

Injured during the Toffees’ 2-1 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford, the 20-year-old defender has already pulled out of England’s squad for the Three Lions’ upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers with San Marino and Estonia.

And Stones’ time in the treatment room could extend beyond those two fixtures, with the player currently undergoing tests with the Everton medical team.

Should the injury prove more serious than initially thought, then manager Roberto Martinez could be left without the former Barnsley star for an extended period of time, a development that could cause further problems for an Everton side that has made a slow start to the season in the Premier League.

The Spaniard can at least call on the experienced trio of Phil Jagielka, Sylvain Distain and Antolin Alcaraz to plug any gaps in the defence but with the Toffees keen to progress past the group stages of the Europa League, there could be a place for Yobo.

Available on a free transfer, the Nigerian free agent was playing in the Premier League as recently as last season during a loan stint with Norwich City.

The 34-year-old also boasts European experience, having competed in the Champions League and Europa League with Fenerbahce over the years.

More importantly, for Martinez, Yobo would be a good fit for the club, having played over 200 games for the Merseysiders during a nine-year stay at the club.

Speaking in an interview with the Independent in which the defender dismissed a recent link to Arsenal, the Nigerian nevertheless appeared open to the idea of a return to the English top-flight.

"If negotiations are taking place, I am not aware. Maybe the club is talking with my agent,” he joked at the time.

Whether used as a super-sub, squad player or potential first-team addition, Everton could do worse than pick up the phone and speak to Yobo’s agent – otherwise someone else might.

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