Moyes explains what he immediately saw in Everton’s John Stones

John Stones

Everton’s John Stones has been absolutely superb this season.

Former Everton boss David Moyes says the first time he properly saw defender John Stones, it immediately became evident how much ability he had on the ball, Talksport report.

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.

Stones is undoubtedly one of the best defenders in the Premier League at present, and Moyes told Talksport how he immediately saw how good he was upon his arrival at Everton.

“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”

  Tackles per GameInterceptions per GameEffective Clearances per GameAerial Duels Won per GameDef Duels Won per GameBall Recoveries per GameAccurate Passes per GameAppearances
John Stones 1.69 2.08 3 1.54 5.31 6.92 44.54 13

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.

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