John Stones pinpoints where he's 'matured' this season

Talented Everton defender John Stones feels he's a better player than the one that started the season.

Everton defender John Stones has explained to the Liverpool Echo how he feels he has developed since the start of the season.

Stones played well against Manchester United over the weekend, grabbing a goal in an impressive 3-0 victory.

He’s developed well over the course of the season and suggests that manager Roberto Martinez has played a key role in his development.

“We have got one of the best managers, especially for me and the young players, he has been great for us - Since the start of the season I have matured a lot in how I play and learnt a lot and knowing when to put my foot through it and when to play,” he said.

“There is no pressure on the young lads at Everton.”

Stones has been exposed to criticism at times this season because initially, Everton’s defence was poor in the Premier League.

He was injured for some of the negative defensive performances, but it’s taken him a little bit of time to find his best form and to adjust back in the side’s backline.

Stones now has a responsibility to produce the consistency and sort of form he showed against United over the rest of the season.

Clean sheets are vital for Everton keeping their place in the top half of the Premier League and it’s important for the confidence running through the side that the back four is playing well.

Roberto Martinez will have plenty of work to do in the transfer market this summer, but he’s got a very good young player in the back four who he can work with and build things around to ensure the clean sheets count increases.

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