Everton defender Phil Jagielka has told the Daily Post he hopes he can help John Stones become a better player.
Stones is arguably one of the club’s most talented youngsters and Jagielka feels his experience can rub off on the player.
“I like to think I can help him along the way, as part of his learning curve, he’s always willing to listen and always tries his best,” said Jagielka.
“He’s as keen as anyone out there to become a better player, and learn along the way.”
Jagielka will have ideas and theories over how Stones can become a better defender and there are a number of ways that he can help Stones to develop.
He can work with him to improve his positioning in terms of how he plays alongside Jagielka.
That should make the pair of them more difficult for opponents to get the better of in big games.
He can also work with Stones to develop his ability to read the game and cut out danger before it develops.
Stones is quick and can use his anticipation to step out of defence and deal with a passage of play, releasing some of the pressure over the team’s back four.
The willingness to learn Jagielka feels Stones has is also encouraging because it suggests complacency is never going to be a problem.
If he can always strive to get better and improve himself, he’ll be more difficult for strikers to plan for playing against and if Jagielka can help in that process, Everton will only reap the rewards.