David Moyes discusses what he would do to improve John Stones

John Stones

The Everton defender has come in for criticism this season.

Former Everton manager David Moyes would like to give John Stones a “clip round the ear” to help him improve, he has told Sky Sports Goals on Sunday.

The young defender has emerged as one of the brightest young talents in Europe over the last three years, with a series of impressive displays in the heart of the Blues’ defence.

His biggest strength is his ability on the ball, with many lauding his desire to come out of the defence and take players on.

It is that very style that has seen him come in for criticism this season though, with accusations that he overplays at times, something which can cost his side.

And Moyes says he would like give Stones a “clip round the ear” to make him focus on his defensive work first.

“I think it’s right [when he’s been accused of over-playing],” he told Goals on Sunday.

“I feel like giving him a clip around the ear and saying ‘you’re really good at this but make sure you do the fundamentals well. Your natural ability will let you show how good you are on the ball.

“He’s very comfortable coming out of defence with it but the art of defending is really important and you shouldn’t forget that.”

There is certainly no denying that Stones could do with improving the defensive side of his game if he is to develop as many expect.

One player he could look to emulate is Rio Ferdinand, with him having been a very similar player to Stones in his early years, before vastly improving his defensive nous under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

That is the sort of improvement many are craving from the Everton centre back, and if he could follow a similar path as Ferdinand, there is no denying he could be one of the world’s best in years to come.

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