Alan Hansen responds when asked whether he rates Everton defender John Stones

John Stones

Alan Hansen has given his opinion on Everton defender John Stones.

Pundit Alan Hansen has told the Daily Mail that he does rate Everton defender John Stones, but suggests he must learn when to take chances and when to play it safe.

Stones, 21, joined the Toffees from Barnsley back in January 2013, and has gradually become one of the Premier League's most promising players.

The centre back has been praised for his reading of the game as well as his ability to bring the back out from the back, and has earned a reputation for being England's brightest young defender, picking up seven caps for the Three Lions so far.

However, he has received criticism this season. Everton's defensive record is poor, and many believe that Stones' style of play has been a major contributing factor to that.

Stones may be talented at dribbling out from defence and playing risky passes, but he often gets himself in trouble, putting pressure on the Everton defence in the process.

Now, former Liverpool defender and current pundit Alan Hansen has been asked by Jamie Redknapp what he thinks about the polarising centre back.

Hansen, as quoted by the Daily Mail, suggested that he does rate Stones, but thinks he needs to be smarter in terms of taking risks in front of his own goal.

"I do, but as soon as you start taking chances you’ve got a problem," said Hansen. "Central defenders should not be taking chances. You’ve got to know your opponents too. If I’m John Stones, I’m playing against Sergio Aguero, don’t take chances. Not because he is a goalscorer, but because he is perceptive and he’ll get you.

"John has to work out what taking a chance means and don’t do it. He looks to be a very good footballer, with total control of the ball, but if you’re in danger with three opponents round you, do not take a chance," he added.

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