Rio Ferdinand says that Everton defender John Stones has a problem

Everton defender John Stones has taken a great deal of criticism for his performances this season.

Rio Ferdinand has told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show, which was broadcast on 26th April, that Everton defender John Stones is a fantastic talent.

Stones has come under criticism this season for the first time in his career, after putting in some error prone performances.

However, Ferdinand has defended the youngster - and he suggests that he is only facing a problem because people are focusing on his performances.

“He’s a fantastic talent,” Ferdinand said. “He’s naturally gifted with the ball and defensively I see signs that he has great attributes.

“His problem is that he’s making mistakes and he’s in the public eye. People are on it. What he has to learn is not to make the same mistakes again.

“But he seems like a sensible lad, and he will get it rid in time.”

Stones dropped out of Everton’s starting line-up for a period of the season, but he has been back involved again of late.

The 21-year-old has been part of a Toffees defence which has leaked goals throughout the campaign.

Stones is still considered to be one of the brightest prospects coming through in the country, but there are question marks forming over his ability.

Stones is expected to be part of England’s squad for EURO 2016 this summer, and that could give him an opportunity to restore his damaged reputation.

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