Holgate or Stones: Ex-Everton ace Leon Osman comments on who will be better

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero in action with Everton's Mason Holgate

Former Everton midfielder says it is down to John Stones how good he becomes.

John Stones had a day to forget at Goodison Park yesterday as his Manchester City side were on the wrong end of a 4-0 hammering.

It was Stones' first time back at Everton since leaving the club in a big money move last summer, while it looks like the Toffees have a ready made replacement in Mason Holgate.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero in action with Everton's Mason HolgateManchester City's Sergio Aguero in action with Everton's Mason Holgate

Like Stones, Holgate was signed from Barnsley, and has begun making an impression on the first team this season having been in the under-21s last season.

Holgate made his fifth league start of the campaign in Sunday's victory, keeping his second clean sheet in his last two appearances.

Former Everton midfielder Leon Osman spent time alongside both last season, and had a simple response when asked who would be the better player, stating that it all depends on John Stones.

Manchester City's Claudio Bravo, John Stones and David Silva look dejected after the gameManchester City's Claudio Bravo, John Stones and David Silva look dejected after the game

He told The Times: "Mason certainly won’t be as composed on the ball and take as many risks as John Stones, that is for sure. But will we be talking about him in the same light as John? I think that is down to, believe it or not, John Stones.

“He made a name for himself doing great for Everton. He has now got the opportunity to kick on under Pep Guardiola. If he develops as a defender, he could really become a player who is massive for this country for the next 10 years.

“Not just for City, for England. But that is going to be down to him. If he stays as he is now, then a lot of people will catch him, Mason included."

Holgate is just 20 and Stones is 22. In Holgate's favour is the fact he is under less pressure than the Manchester City ace, who has struggled since making the £47.5m (BBC) move from Everton.

Osman has faith in Stones' potential, but his recent performances have evidently given worry to whether he has the right mentality to be able to go on and live up to it.

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