Phil Jagielka explains when Everton’s John Stones will be at his peak

John Stones

The young defender has come in for some criticism this season.

Phil Jagielka believes that it will take as many as 150 to 200 games before Everton see John Stones hit his peak, he has told JD Football.

The young defender has become one of the hottest properties in European football in recent years, with a series of impressive performances for Roberto Martinez’s side.

Recent weeks have seen him come in for criticism though, with many believing he still has a lot to learn before he becomes the top defender many expect him to become.

And Jagielka says he believes Stones will be at his peak once has managed to get plenty more games under his belt.

“He’s a young man and there’s not too many centre halves coming through,” he told JD Football.

“There’s definitely not many centre halves coming through who play the way he does. He’s got all the potential but he’s still got things to work on.

“Once he’s played 150-200 games, that will be [when we see] the peak of his defensive powers and when you’re looking at him being more of a complete package. It’s exciting to see him progress.”

For now, Everton boss Martinez will be hoping that Stones can bounce back after a difficult few months for the young defender.

The influence of Jagielka could help to fix that problem, with him bringing the more old school style and nous that many believe Stones’ more stylish approach is lacking.

If he could marry the both, there is no denying that the young defender is set to be a star performer for both club and country in the future.

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