Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour suggested on The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Friday morning (broadcast from 6am, July 1) that Everton defender John Stones should be tested in a holding midfield role.
Parlour picked the example of Tottenham Hotspur youngster Eric Dier to suggest that Stones should be used in that role.
Dier is one of the most promising young players in the Premier League and is also very versatile. The 22-year-old England international can play as a defender or as a defensive midfielder.
The youngster featured in the defensive midfield role for Tottenham last season and for England at the ongoing 2016 European Championship in France.
Stones, who is also just 22 years of age, is a centre-back by trade and can also play as a right-back.
The Everton defender is very comfortable on the ball, and former Arsenal midfielder Parlour has suggested that the England international could be tested in the defensive midfield role.
“With his range of passing, would he be a good holding midfielder?” suggested Parlour on The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Friday morning (broadcast from 6am, July 1).
“We saw Eric Dier sitting in midfield. He is more of a centre-half and he did a wonderful job for Spurs last year.
“Could he play that little bit of a role in front because he has good passing ability and you know you have got defenders behind you?”
In 33 Premier League appearances for Everton last season, Stones created six chances, had a pass accuracy of 89% and a shot accuracy of 14%, and won 51 headers, 23 dribbles and 36 tackles.