John Stones impressed v Bournemouth

John Stones

The 21-year-old stood out in Everton's win over the Cherries.

On Saturday, Everton ended a seven-match winless streak in the Premier League by narrowly beating Bournemouth 2-1 at Goodison Park.

Goals in both halves from Tom Cleverley and Leighton Baines, either side of Marc Pugh's ninth-minute equaliser, proved enough as the Toffees alleviated some of the pressure on under-fire manager Roberto Martinez.

Prior to beating the Cherries, Martinez's side had managed just one victory since early February - a 3-1 win at now-relegated Aston Villa - and overall there was a gloomy feel surrounding their league campaign.

In addition to Cleverley and Baines, centre-back John Stones also helped lift the mood ever so slightly with an all-round accomplished performance to remind his critics of his potential.

  PositionTeamDuel WonEffective ClearanceTotal PassAccurate PassTouchesDispossessedEffective Head ClearanceBall RecoveryAppearancesMins Played
John Stones DF Everton 6 4 77 72 92 0 2 5 1 90

Stones completed a very decent 72 of his 77 passes, managing a percentage of 93%, whilst clocking 92 touches which, given he is a ball-playing centre-back, is par for the course at this stage.

But he also managed five ball recoveries, second to only his defensive partner Matthew Pennington, with nine, as far as Everton players go. 

With six duels won and four successful clearances, it was a solid enough showing from the young England international.

It was Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson's first start following a six-month absence through injury, meaning that Stones, and indeed Pennington, might have been better tested had the hitman been at his sharpest.

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