John Stones better off at Everton than Chelsea, says Peter Taylor

The former England under-21 boss thinks staying at Goodison Park will be better for his development.

John Stones is better off staying at Everton for another year rather than moving to Chelsea, Peter Taylor has told Sky Sports.

The young defender has reportedly been the subject of an approach from the Premier League champions this summer, with various sources such as the Daily Mail reporting that Roberto Martinez’s side have rejected a £20 million offer for their young starlet already.

The Blues are naturally not keen on selling their prized asset to anybody, let alone another side in the same league. A big money offer may be hard to turn down, although Taylor says the player should reject a move as Goodison Park is a better place for his development at this moment in time.

“For John's education and progression he's probably better off staying at Everton,” he told

“But who would ever turn down going to work for Mourinho? He's going to improve either way, but at the moment maybe if he could hang around for another year, play 38 league matches for Everton. I think he would be a better player at the end of the season.”

Everton definitely better for Stones development

While it’s fair to see why Stones might fancy a move to Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea are likely to be winning things again in future, in terms of his development it is arguably a bad move for the player.

He has enjoyed such a meteoric rise courtesy of the game time he has been afforded at Goodison Park, with Martinez having been extremely patient and trusting in the player.

Mourinho though, is not known as a big developer of talent with the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku having been sold off and flourished elsewhere.

With game time likely to be hard to come by at Chelsea, Stones would have to be careful he doesn’t fall by the wayside in a similar manner.

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