Martin Keown comments on John Stones' development, mentions bold comparisons

Martin Keown has been impressed with John Stones this season.

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has told the Daily Mail that watching John Stones' development at Everton this season has been 'interesting'.

The Toffees have been impressive so far this season, losing just three Premier League games - though their eight draws have been frustrating.

Roberto Martinez has a host of exciting young players at his disposal in Ross Barkley, Gerard Deulofeu and Romelu Lukaku, but defender John Stones has been tipped for stardom too.

The 21-year-old, who signed from Barnsley back in 2013, has become England's next great hope in defence, and he continues to star on a regular basis in the Premier League.

Now in line to play for England at next summer's European Championships in France, Stones is one of the most in-demand centre backs in England, with Chelsea and Manchester United both pursuing him according to the Independent.

Now, Stones' development this season has been analysed by former Everton and England defender Martin Keown ahead of this weekend's game against another of his former clubs, Leicester City.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Keown has said that Stones' development has been 'interesting' to watch this season, before assessing the comparisons to ex-Liverpool defenders Alan Hansen and Mark Lawrenson - stating that he isn't always a fan of bringing the ball out from the back, as Stones does regularly.

"It’s been interesting to see how John Stones has been developing real style," said Stones. "He likes to look good, making good passes and likes to take a good a touch. He always appears silky smooth and I’m sure he enjoys that."

"I’ve heard him being compared to Alan Hansen in recent weeks in terms of the stylish way he wants to defend but I must say I was more of a fan of the way Mark Lawrenson played – maybe he was not quite as eye-catching but was perhaps more effective. And I’ve always felt a defender’s priority is to stop the ball going in the net rather than to try anything too flashy," he added.

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