Everton great Derek Mountfield has suggested that John Stones should use his lengthy injury to work on one of his weaknesses.
Stones has impressed all watchers at Goodison Park with his displays at the heart of their defence, but Mountfield believes that there is still room for improvement.
The 20-year-old has been ruled out for the entirety of 2015 with an ankle injury, much to Everton's disappointment, but Mountfield feels if he works to build up his strength over this time he can make it a positive and comeback even stronger.
“He will come back stronger,” he said to the Liverpool Echo.
“Hopefully they will use the time while he is out to put a bit of extra muscle on him, build him up and get his strength improved and when he comes back he will have the physical dominance to go with everything else he has going for him."
“He’s been a pleasure to watch so far in his Everton career and let’s hope it continues for a long time to come.”
In his absence Distin is likely to come back into the first-team fold. At 37, Distin is one of the oldest players in the Premier League, but he has regularly shown that he still has the ability to play at the top level.
This season, however, he seems to have been off the pace so far and Mountfield has called for him to prove that he can continue playing for the Toffees.
Distin has less than a year remaining on his contract at the Merseyside outfit and it means that this season could be make-or-break for him.
"It could be a big three or four months for him," Mountfield said.
“Every player ages and Distin has managed to make a mockery of his age over the years because he’s so fit and quick."
"So there’s no reason he can’t do that again and strike up that solid partnership with Jagielka again but we’ll just have to wait and see."
“It’s a massive time for him. Whether he’s called upon to start against Villa or not he should get a chance again while Stones is out and he must convince the manager again that he must be in his first-team plans.”