At just 21, John Stones has already got a good amount of experience under his belt for Everton in the Premier League. With 47 appearances for his club, the youngster has shown an astonishing amount of maturity by becoming the mainstay in an Everton defence which was starting to leak goals as the partnership of Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin reached its end. And with at least 12 years ahead of him, the Blues aren’t really taking a risk – any fee can be justified on the principle that over the long-term, his service to the club will more than repay any outlay.
The centre-back has already been trusted in some of Everton’s most critical matches to date, having played in all four Merseyside derbies since his arrival from Barnsley in 2013. A calm presence at the back, he is more than useful with the ball at his feet and can be perfect for the Blues to base their future side around.With four England international appearances to his name, Stones is set to be the future of both England and his club – and that may well be in west London.
Jose Mourinho has clearly been signalling that Terry’s time at Stamford Bridge is coming to an end, and the captain’s red card against West Brom did little to disprove that theory. With Chelsea captain John Terry on the verge of moving on from the Blues, now would be an apt time to bring in a younger protege. Stones could have the perfect timeframe to work alongside the Chelsea leader and develop before ultimately taking his role in the side and leading the Blues for the long-term.
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