Graeme Souness urges Everton's John Stones to copy John Terry

The Everton defender has come in for criticism in recent weeks.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Graeme Souness has urged Everton defender John Stones to focus on learning from Chelsea star John Terry.

The Blues youngster has emerged as one of the most highly rated young defenders in world football in recent years, with a series of impressive performances for Roberto Martinez’s side.

A big part of his game that has come in for praise has been his ability to play with the ball, often striding into midfield and building Everton attacks.

However, recent weeks have seen him criticised for over playing and not focusing on his defensive work first, and Souness has urged him to develop that side of his game by learning from former England captain John Terry.

“I just wonder who John Stones looks at and thinks, ‘that’s the player I want to be’,” he told Sky Sports.

“You’re watching the best centre half that’s been in our football for the last decade, John Terry. He should focus on him.”

“Everything is quick and simple and that’s what he [Terry] does, plays it simple and moves on. The boy [Stones] has got real ability, but he’s over complicating everything right now.”

While it would be wise for Stones to learn from Terry as Souness suggests, a better role model would surely be Rio Ferdinand.

The former Manchester United star’s style was similar to Stones’, as he was also comfortable on the ball and very much a ball playing defender.

His move to United quickly saw him marry that with a strong defensive nous though, something that saw him become one of the best central defenders in Premier League history.

With the talent Stones has at his disposal, that should be his aim as well, and learning from what Ferdinand did so well in his prime would be a good start.

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