Tottenham Hotspur legend Glenn Hoddle has compared Everton defender John Stones to former Manchester United and Leeds United star Rio Ferdinand in The Daily Mail.
Hoddle, who both played for Tottenham and managed the club, has highlighted the similarities between England international defender Stones and retired centre-back Ferdinand, who won the Champions League with United in 2008.
“He still has a lot to prove but John Stones is the most exciting central defender since Rio Ferdinand came on the scene,” Tottenham great Hoddle wrote in The Daily Mail.
“You see the same attributes in Stones: comfort on the ball, the desire to come out and to contribute to the build-up,” added the former Chelsea midfielder.
Stones is a hugely talented young defender, who is primarily a centre-back but can also feature at right-back.
The 21-year-old has been playing for the England senior team since 2014 and has established himself as one of the best young players in Europe.
Comfortable on the ball and a good reader of the game, Stones featured in 23 Premier League matches for Everton last season, scoring one goal and creating four chances in the process.
The former Barnsley youngster had a pass accuracy of 90% and a shot accuracy of 20%, and won 59 headers, 22 dribbles and 27 tackles.
In four Premier League games so far this season, Stones has a pass accuracy of 89%, and has won 10 headers, one dribble and nine tackles.