‘He reminds me of Distin,’ - Hibbert praises another young Everton defender

Could another young Everton defender be following John Stones into the first-team on a regular basis?

Everton player Tony Hibbert has been speaking about young Toffees prospect Tyias Browning.

The 20-year-old made his first-team debut against Liverpool before stepping off the bench again against Manchester United a week later.

And speaking to Everton’s official website, Hibbert believes the player who is equally at home at centre-back or right-back has a big future in the game.

“He needs chances to play first-team football and being in and around us will help him massively” Hibbert said. “But I think there is a lot to come from Tyias. He is big and strong and fast.

“It does remind you of Sylvain (Distin) when he plays.”

Browning is the latest young defender to break into the Everton first-team and along with John Stones there is no reason he cannot go on to be the bedrock of Roberto Martinez’s defence for years to come.

But he will have to get past some very accomplished players before that can happen, including the veteran Frenchman who Hibbert believes Browning has echoes of in his own game.

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