Turf Moor

Next Game

Burnley v Everton

Sunday, 26 October 2014, 13:30

Barclays Prem

Last Game

Lille 0 - 0 Everton

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 18:00

Europa League Group H

Martinez hails 'mature' Stones

Everton boss Roberto Martinez believes that young defender John Stones is among the top prospects in the country, having tried to sign him whilst at Wigan.

Last Updated: 10/09/13 at 17:29 Post Comment

Everton boss Roberto Martinez thinks young defender John Stones can be among the

Everton boss Roberto Martinez thinks young defender John Stones can be among the

The 19-year-old swapped Barnsley for Goodison Park back in January and he eventually made his debut for the Toffees this season in their 2-1 Capital One Cup win over Stevenage.

Stones, an England Under-21 international, caught Martinez's eye having burst onto the scene at Barnsley last season, and the new Everton boss says he rates the defender very highly.

"In my eyes, he's the most promising young English centre-half that we have in the country," he told Everton's official website.

"I always said that he would play for England at senior level. He will have a terrific career; it's just a matter of shaping up, taking things in, being able to make mistakes and correct them.

"I expect big things from him but we need to allow him to develop and enjoy his football.

"I followed John really closely when he was at Barnsley and I always thought he had incredible potential for someone that can play in different positions and adapt to systems. At such a young age, he has such a mature personality.

"He would have been an asset for any football club - Everton at that time were very fortunate to get John because I see him as an outstanding prospect for the future.

"It was frustrating to miss out on him in January, because I always thought he was ready to play in the top flight. As a player you need to make a decision and we had to accept that. So I was delighted when I got here to have him in the squad finally."

Martinez has already signalled his intention to give opportunities to some of the squad's younger members, such as Ross Barkley, but he says he never puts too much pressure on the more inexperienced players.

"In any performance from a youngster I never focus on the mistakes. I value their reaction to the mistakes and their next pass, or next decision," said Martinez.

"John is very strong-minded in that respect and I've been very impressed.

"He needs games and minutes on the pitch to make sure he fulfils his potential but I would have no problems allowing him to play in the first-team in a league game.

"I think he is ready. He has been working really well in pre-season. He's one of that young group which is pushing that gets me really excited. We need to allow them to make mistakes and encourage them.

"I thought he was influential in us getting through to the next round of the Capital One Cup. His attitude, mentality and personality will make him a very important player for Everton in the future."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e doesn't need a caoch. He needs a bus. A bloody big one, that he can park across the goal line. And when he gets one, he can do us a favour and let us know where we can buy one from as well.

HarryBoulton
Rodgers: No defence coach

Y

ou are wrong Per, thats the right way the play. Its everyone elses' fault that it doesnt work.

delboy
Mertesacker urges style change

A

s it's panto season coming soon, let me be the first Oh yes you do

munchie
Rodgers: No defence coach

Footer 365

La Liga: Carlo Ancelotti praises 'professional' Real Madrid after 3-1 Barcelona win

Carlo Ancelotti praised Real Madrid's "unique professionalism" after they came from a goal down to beat Barcelona.

Premier League: Mauricio Pochettino says Alan Pardew deserves more respect

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits it is tough not to feel sorry for Newcastle counterpart Alan Pardew.

La Liga: Luis Enrique stands by Luis Suarez selection after Barcelona defeat

Luis Enrique defended his decision to start Luis Suarez against Real Madrid after his team slumped to a 3-1 defeat.

Mail Box

'Goals Like That Can Make You Pregnant'

Those being sniffy about Erik Lamela's rabona are given short shrift in the afternoon mailbox, where criticism of Brendan Rodgers is smashed out of the park...

Does David De Gea Need Competition?

It would certainly be a good idea to give Victor Valdes a contract, while we have more mails on Brendan Rodgers, Arsene Wenger, the rabona and mailbox gripes...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property