Roy Evans says Everton's John Stones reminds him of Liverpool legend Alan Hansen

John Stones

Evans compared John Stones to a Liverpool defensive legend.

Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans has backed John Stones to recover from his recent form and thinks he can develop into a 'class' player.

Evans said that Stones reminds him of Alan Hansen, who captained Liverpool during the late 80s and won numerous honours during his time at the club, while Evans was on the backroom staff at Anfield.

Stones has come under fire this season for his form, for sometimes dawdling in possession or being caught out of position but Evans thinks Stones has the talent to put this spell behind him.

He told TalkSport: "He is a class player. Ok, he is making the odd mistake when he is in possession but he looks a real class player.

"Alan Hansen when he first came, he made mistakes. You have got to just keep talking to him and try to get them out of him. If he has got a good mentality he will learn from the mistakes he has made.

"On the ball they are the same. They have got that ability to come out of defence and go forward with it.

"In the early days Big Al wasn't the best defender but he learnt his trade and Stones has got to do the same."

While some have been quick to list Stones as very good on the ball but not so good at defending, there have been some outstanding defensive displays from him in recent years. In both Merseyside derbies against Liverpool last season he was one of the stand-out players, but one would not be surprised if this dip in form has coincided with the injury to Phil Jagielka.

Let's not forget that Stones is only 21 and is still learning. There are times when he needs the experienced partner to guide him through games and unfortunately Jagielka has had some injury problems. It's probably of little surprise that from three of the last four Premier League appearances featuring the 33-year-old that Everton have managed to keep clean sheets. Stones has missed the last two games, again where Everton have kept clean sheets, but it is probably good for him to get out of the firing line for now.

It's sometimes easy to forget that he is a still young man with a lot to learn, and that dips in form are natural, and he may not have found his best form just yet. 

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