Ian Wright launches defence of Everton's John Stones


Everton defender John Stones has dropped out of favour at Goodison Park recently.

Ian Wright has told The Sun that Everton defender John Stones has had to take a lot of undue stick this season.

Stones has a wonderful breakthrough campaign last term, where he developed a reputation as one of the most exciting prospects in England.

However, the 21-year-old has struggled to live up to those standards this season, with some of the weaknesses in his game being exposed.

Stones has been criticised for over-playing at times, and he has dropped out of Everton’s starting line-up more recently.

However, Wright does not feel that Stones’ loss of form is down to him, as he doesn’t believe Everton’s style of play suits the England international.

“I’ve watched him at Everton, and I think he’s taken a lot of undue stick,” the Arsenal legend said.

“I don’t think John Stones gets the ball and he’s just trying to take people on to show everyone how great he is. I don’t think Everton create enough movement for him to play it into people, and he gets caught sometimes - that’s not his fault.

“I watched Funes Mori against Arsenal and the same thing happened to him, but I didn’t hear the fans booing him.”

Everton have struggled defensively all campaign, with opposition sides scoring frequently against them.

The Toffees have let in 41 goals this season, giving them one of the worst defensive records in the top flight.

Stones has made 31 appearances for Roberto Martinez’s side in all competitions this term, but he currently seems to have slipped down the pecking order with Phil Jagielka and Ramiro Funes Mori being the first choice central-defensive pairing at Goodison Park.

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