Former Premier League manager Neil Warnock explained on talkSPORT what he feels Everton may have said to defender John Stones.
Stones is still a Toffees player after the summer transfer window slammed shut, despite attempts by Chelsea to tempt him down south to play at Stamford Bridge.
Warnock feels that all parties concerned will now revisit the situation this January, when clubs next have a chance to trade players.
“I think they may have said to him look, give us until January, you'll play another 20-30 games and be well paid, we'll then look at things again this January,” he told talkSPORT.
It’s important for Everton manager Roberto Martinez to monitor Stones’ mentality to ensure that he retains his focus and continues to give his best for the team.
There shouldn’t be any major worries because Stones performed well during the summer window when there was a very good chance that he could leave.
However, there’s no point on him sulking or acting angrily over a failure to move away because I could dent his chances of playing and subsequently his form.
If he has long term ambitions of playing for a supposedly bigger club than Everton then the best way for him to force that, is by keeping his head down, staying motivated and showing the form, which would justify any big investment in his services.