There are many reasons for Everton fans to have smiles on their faces today because their club signed one of the best right backs in the country yesterday.
John Stones, an 18-year-old right back, signed for Everton on a five-and-a-half year contract from Championship side Barnsley and he mimics Leighton Baines in several ways.
Pace and fitness are two big attributes that any full back needs, especially in the era of modern football.
Stones has both in spades which will allow him to get up and down the right side of the pitch, aiding attacks but also helping Everton to retain their basic defensive shape over the course of a match.
He’s also got the perfect manager to nurture him into Premier League football in David Moyes, an example of what a club can achieve if they show a little bit of faith to a boss.
“There are a few nerves because it's a new challenge for me. Every player wants to play in the Premier League and I've left an amazing club which is very close to my heart and left some very good people back there who I can't thank enough,” Stones told evertontv.
His basic technique also seems to be very good which is important for Everton who are a passing team and try to play football in the natural way when they can.
He also seems to know how to read the game very well which is important for any defender. This will help him when he’s up against top class wingers who are always going to be looking for an advantage over a full back.
He will have to bulk up physically but that’s something that only regular training and pressure from club coaches will produce. This is an aspect of his game he needs to improve as there are some quick and strong wingers in the division.
He can also learn from the likes of Baines and several other key players at the club which will improve his overall game and also his dead ball skills, with Baines the standard penalty and free kick taker at the club.
His ambition also needs to be praised because he could easily have signed for Wigan on deadline day with a guarantee of first team football. However, he’s gone to a side who can make him a brilliant full back and have an outside chance of offering him Champions League football for next season.
Everton fans, happy with this signing?
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