Last week, Roberto Martinez said that Gareth Barry was one of England’s best ever players, and we all giggled to ourselves. We now a little bit worried about Everton’s manager.
After John Stones was criticised for his role in Everton’s defeat to Swansea on Sunday, Martinez leapt to the defence of his centre-back. And how.
“My take is the one I always have with young players. John is 21, he’s played 68 games in the Premier League and I wouldn’t judge or assess it until a player has played 100 games in any division,” Martinez said.
Quite right, Bobby. No point making grand predictions when Stones has only just got started. It’ll only pile more pressure on him. Oh what’s that? You haven’t finished?
“What I will say is that he has incredible potential, he is still young and in the right environment to develop.
“Whatever criticism from outside we accept, but John Stones is in the right environment to fulfil his potential as one of the greatest players England has ever seen.”
Dele Alli could do well to watch John Stones getting crucified on Sky atm. Build 'em up, knock 'em down, find the next one.
— Rob Brown (@robbro7) January 24, 2016