Chelsea captain John Terry described Everton defender John Stones as an exceptional defender, when he was quizzed about the youngster on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT.
Terry explained what he likes about Stones having watched him play and having played against him in the Premier League.
The Blues legend feels Stones is one of Everton’s best assets and has benefited from an approach from Everton boss Roberto Martinez, which is based around the Toffees passing out from the back of the team.
“I look at him and there have been a lot of games, I’m a big fan of him, you watch him and he pulls wide of the box and he wants to get the ball. For a young defender to do that in the Premier League really takes some guts, I think he’s exceptional,” said the Chelsea legend.
Benefit of Stones’s style
The main benefit of the way John Stones looks to play out from the back is that it should give the Everton midfield greater control.
Martinez is a manager who likes his teams to be in complete control of the ball, playing it from back to front and zipping possession around, which makes it difficult for the opposition to win the ball back.
The risk comes when a team aggressively looks to close down a defender who is looking for the ball like Stones, as they try to force an error.
Personal qualities are impressive
The guts that Terry told talkSPORT about don’t just extend to his playing style, but also the personal qualities that embodies when he plays.
He’s a leader in that Everton back four and is someone who isn’t afraid to get stuck in and take a risk if he feels it’s going to benefit his team.