Former Everton midfielder Ian Snodin has suggested in the Liverpool Echo that the only area current defender John Stones needs to work on is his passing game.
Stones was superb in the victory against Manchester United last weekend and Snodin has also described how the centre back is different from players of the past in his position.
“A few early passes went astray and he played the odd risky ball. But that was it - 20-year-old John Stones barely put a foot wrong. Incredible,” wrote Snodin.
“When I was growing up in Yorkshire, defenders were a tough breed, the no-nonsense type but Stones is such an elegant player and he has a great future ahead of him, and not just for Everton.”
Stones is someone that manager Roberto Martinez has worked well with to develop over the course of the season.
He’s put in a lot of effort on the training pitch and away from the club when he’s been injured and the fruits are just ripening towards the end of the season.
The main challenge for Stones moving forward is to box up the performance he produced against United and make sure he can replicate it in other games against big sides.
He’s a very difficult player for any opposition side to look at getting the better of because he’s strong, he’s good in the air and has a good burst of pace over the first five to ten yards.
He is an elegant player, but he is capable of digging in and playing with an uglier skillset. He will be the heart of the defence for years, he just has to be nurtured in the right way.