Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has explained what makes Everton defender John Stones so special.
Stones joined the Toffees from Barnsley in January 2013 for a reported transfer fee of £3 million. The youngster worked with Moyes at Goodison Park last season and was hugely impressive.
The 20-year-old is currently out with an ankle injury, but that does not prevent Moyes from showering praise on one of the most promising young centre-backs in England.
‘I think John Stones is someone who is naturally talented in as much as he immediately gives you confidence on the ball’, the 51-year-old told The Telegraph.
‘He immediately looks composed. He has a lot of very good attributes. He’s really young but he’s doing really well. I think through time and with what he has got he could develop into a really top central defender.
‘But he really needs to be given that time. He needs for not too much pressure to be put on him or for him to be thrust into the limelight too quickly. It was only 18 months ago he was playing at Barnsley’.
Stones has been in good form so far this season. The Everton defender has created two chances in five appearances in the Premier League, while having a pass accuracy of 92%.
Last season Stones created six chances in 21 league matches for the Toffees, while having a pass accuracy of 90%. He has also made four appearances for England.