Former Liverpool player Danny Murphy explained on talkSPORT what he likes about talented young Everton defender John Stones.
Murphy was chatting with Alan Brazil on the breakfast show for the radio station, discussing the defensive options that England manager Roy Hodgson has, looking ahead to the future.
“I really like him and do you know why I really like him? It’s because he’s so comfortable bringing the ball out from the back,” said Murphy.
The 21-year-old centre back is part of the under-21 setup for the European Championship, which starts this week but like under-21 teammate Harry Kane, he’s definitely got a future in the full senior side.
One of the main reasons that he’s so comfortable in possession is because of his manager Roberto Martinez at Everton.
The Goodison Park boss likes his team to play a pure brand of football, which is based around passing it out from the back and distributing effectively to all areas.
Martinez also deserves credit for giving the youngster an opportunity with 23 appearances in the Everton first team last season.
One of the only ways for any player to get better is to be thrown into a team and subjected to pressure against players of a very high level.
It’s helped Stones to improve his understanding in various areas such as position, to be able to cope against a higher quality of striker.
Hopefully he can now kick on for club and country over the next few seasons.