Moyes was in charge of the Toffees for 11 years, and during his stint at Goodison Park he signed a number of excellent players, including John Stones from League One outfit Barnsley.
The centre-back’s career has progressed immensely over the past three seasons, earning international recognition with England as well as receiving intense interest from Chelsea during the summer.
“As soon as we took him, you could see John had a natural ability on the ball. He was nearly uncoached to be comfortable on the ball. It wasn’t something that had been taught, it was all natural,” Moyes said.
“I‘ve got to say Roberto has done a great job in bringing him on and developing him. He’s looking a really good player”
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Stones’ incredible performance levels can be illustrated by the impressive figures posted over a number of key defensive categories.
The 21-year-old averages 2.08 interceptions, three effective clearances, 5.31 defensive duels won and 6.92 ball recoveries per Premier League fixture for Roberto Martinez’s side.
Yet arguably his most impressive statistic is his passing ability, averaging 44.54 accurate passes per match, which is largely unheard of for a centre-back.
Playing under Everton boss Roberto Martinez is arguably the best place for Stones right now, as the Spaniard is renowned for honing players’ abilities, especially on the ball.
Considering he is still only 21, Stones has frightening potential and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him featuring at the likes of Bayern Munich or Barcelona in the near future.