John Stones' game lacking intensity claims Jamie Carragher

The Everton defender is continuing to impress, but he has struggled in a leaky Blues defence at times this season.

Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, Jamie Carragher says the biggest flaw in Everton defender John Stones’ game is a lack of intensity.

The young defender has enjoyed a rapid rise since Roberto Martinez took charge at Goodison Park, quickly becoming one of the hottest properties in both England and Europe.

One of his strongest attributes is his ability to play out of defence with the ball, with him often being seen dribbling past attackers and spraying passes into midfielder or attack.

There is however still plenty for him to learn and several sides of his game that need developing, and Carragher says the intensity is particularly lacking in his game at present.

“Stones’ defending is lacking intensity and he doesn’t see danger early enough,” he told the Daily Mail.

“A prime example of that is the equaliser John Terry scored in injury time last Saturday. Yes, Terry was offside but four or five seconds before the ball reaches Terry, Stones can see him.”

“It was the same when Stones gave away a penalty against Stoke on December 28 [but] this is all part and parcel of growing up as a central defender. You make mistakes when you are young.”

While there is still plenty of room for Stones to continue improving, there is no denying he is already a big prospect for Everton and England.

He looks almost certain to travel to Euro 2016 with Roy Hodgson’s side, and should he feature regularly in the tournament, that would also see his development continue on a positive track.

Indeed, a good tournament could see the already fierce interest in him become even stronger in the summer, with Everton sure to have a fight on their hands to keep him in future.

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