Martinez hails Stones impact on Everton play

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is delighted with the impact John Stones has had on their play.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is delighted with the impact John Stones has had on their play.

The 19-year-old only made the switch to the middle of defence earlier this season to deputise for injured skipper Phil Jagielka, having previously operated mainly as a right-back.

Speaking on Sky Sports' Goals On Sunday, Martinez said: “Remember, John is only 19 and Saturday was probably only his ninth game as a centre-half.

"At Barnsley he always played at right-back, but he's got that knack of knowing where to be.

"He's got a really good defensive brain and fantastic defensive intensity - but then he's got the best distribution I've seen in a centre-half."

 
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