Andy Gray stresses what Everton will lose if they sell John Stones

John Stones

Former Everton striker Andy Gray has suggested that John Stones could become one of the best defenders around.

Former Everton striker Andy Gray stressed on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT what his old team will be losing if they sell John Stones to Chelsea.

Stones has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, with ESPN reporting that the Blues are about to up their offer for the player.

Gray claims the current Everton man has the potential to be one of the best in the business, explaining that he feels he’s only going to go from strength to strength under the right manager.

“He’s good and he could be one of the best. I think he’s got every quality you need to be a top centre back,” he told talkSPORT.

“He seems to have a personality, he’s good on the football, maybe a little too elaborate at times for a young boy but that shows confidence – He can under the right guidance in my opinion only get better.”

What’s the best thing about Stones’s game?

He’s an extremely composed player under pressure who looks to drift wide to get on the ball, before moving possession forward to faster and more creative players.

He’s also got versatility, which is important for any player in the Premier League, and is more than capable of playing off to the right hand side as a full-back or in a three man defensive system.

He is also a player who will mop up the aerial threat if that’s a way that sides want to try and attack Chelsea over the next ten to eleven months.

Will he stay or will he go?

Unfortunately for Toffees fans everywhere, the club aren’t in a position where they can ignore the value in any big bid.

Chelsea could end up paying between £20-30 million according to ESPN, which would definitely represent a good deal for Everton.

Until that offer comes along, the club are under no pressure to do a deal.

Register for EVERTON team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch