Garth Crooks suggests Everton fans should want Funes Mori to stay amid Stones chants

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Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori has been praised by Garth Crooks.

Pundit Garth Crooks has told BBC Sport that he thinks Ramiro Funes Mori was superb during Everton's 1-1 draw with Southampton on Saturday.

It was Funes Mori who opened the scoring for Everton, but it wasn't enough to claim a victory as Sadio Mane struck an equaliser for Southampton, meaning it's now six games without a win for Roberto Martinez's Toffees.

During another underwhelming performance from Everton, there was one shining light at least; the performance of Toffees defender Funes Mori.

The Argentina international, 25, arrived at Goodison Park from River Plate last summer, and was originally seen as a backup option behind first choice centre back pairing Phil Jagielka and John Stones.

However, Funes Mori has now become Everton's star defender, and his passion on the pitch - as well as his five goals from defence - have made him a firm fan favourite.

After the game against Southampton, where Funes Mori not only got on the scoresheet but defended superbly, the 6ft 3in centre back earned praise from pundit Garth Crooks.

Crooks told BBC Sport that he thought Funes Mori was 'superb' against Southampton, and his performance boosted an otherwise frustrated Everton crowd.

Crooks added that whilst fans sing about how much defender John Stones would cost, they should instead focus their praise on Funes Mori, and what it would take to keep him at Goodison Park.

"What an intervention by Ramiro Funes Mori to stop an almost certain goal by a Southampton side who looked to have Everton on the ropes at the time," said Crooks. "The Argentine centre-back was superb throughout this game, but seemed to be buoyed by his 68th-minute goal."

"The sheer emotion etched on his face provided a glimpse of what his goal meant to him. Not only that, it seemed to boost his overall performance in an Everton side who are still far from convincing in front of their home crowd. If Everton fans insist that money can't buy John Stones, they may also want to consider what it might take to keep Funes Mori at Goodison Park," he added.

What did you think of Funes Mori's performance against Southampton?

What an intervention by Ramiro Funes Mori to stop an almost certain goal by a Southampton side who looked to have Everton on the ropes at the time. The Argentine centre-back was superb throughout this game, but seemed to be buoyed by his 68th-minute goal.

The sheer emotion etched on his face provided a glimpse of what his goal meant to him. Not only that, it seemed to boost his overall performance in an Everton side who are still far from convincing in front of their home crowd.

If Everton fans insist that money can't buy John Stones, they may also want to consider what it might take to keep Funes Mori at Goodison Park.

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