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John Stones | Defensemen

Team: Everton
Age / DOB:  (21) / 5/28/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 154

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Everton eased through to the fourth round of the Capital One cup on Tuesday but the game wasn’t without its moments which included John Stones limping to the sidelines just minutes into the second half.
However Roberto Martinez was quick to ease any growing fears by confirming "He had a little bit of a knock in his right knee and we couldn't take any risks. He will be assessed over the next 48 hours but I don't expect it to be anything too serious." The Toffees travel to the Hawthorns on Monday night and hope to make it 4-games unbeaten on a ground where the visitors have a decent PL record (W4, D1) from the last nine matches. Everton came from behind to beat Reading - League Cup - in a game which saw Ross Barkley score on his 100th appearance for the club and Gerard Deulofeu grab the winner in his first start of the campaign. Sep 23 - 4:42 AM
Source: The Mirror

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As Roberto Martinez enters his most challenging week yet as Everton manager, he might now have another player to replace as Tom Cleverley leaves the pitch on a stretcher…

The value of John Stones is seemingly increasing by the minute. Not just because Chelsea are intent on lurching from one drama to another – although that doesn’t hurt. But by another immaculate display, this time at the expense of last season’s great white hope Harry Kane. Yes, he was aided and abetted by Seamus Coleman, demonstrating that there is more than one Everton defender that big clubs will pay big money for. And Goalkeeper Tim Howard back to his athletic best. But the loss of Stones would be a crushing blow, no matter the number of zeros added to Everton’s end of year figures or who arrives in his place. Talking of new arrivals, the injury to Tom Cleverley should give an extended run in the team to Kevin Mirallas. But might also prompt the pursuit of another midfield player, in addition to striker Leonardo Rodriguez and defender Ramiro Funes Mori.
Aug 30 - 10:12 AM

John Stones started for Everton today amidst rumors that he might be headed to Chelsea.

Chelsea have reportedly made more than one bid for the defender and many believe Stones will end up in London before the end of the transfer deadline, but he started and played for Everton today in their match against Barnsley. This is just a reminder that not all rumors turn true and Stones could remain an Everton player this season. Follow the story as it develops but feel free to continue using Stones in leagues that award points for defensive stats.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 26 - 4:43 PM

Roberto Martinez has accused Chelsea skipper John Terry of ‘illegal’ comments regarding the future of Everton center-back – and Chelsea target – John Stones…

It’s not the first time that Chelsea in general and John Terry in particular has been accused of playing by their own rules - and it won’t be the last. But it is the latest. The comment in question was Terry saying that Chelsea are looking at players to add to their squad, naming John Stones as ‘one for the future’. Whether this actually breaches rules is one for the FA suits to decide (or more likely, ignore). But Martinez has already clashed with Jose Mourinho over his very public pursuit of Stones and this latest spat will not help anyone. You worry that Everton could suffer the most though. Whether he stays or goes, Stones will be inevitably affected and Everton face a punishing start to the campaign. Hosting man City and Chelsea, plus trips to Southampton and Tottenham in their first five fixtures. With Liverpool, Man United and Arsenal consecutively in October.
Aug 7 - 6:22 AM

Chelsea go cool on Everton defender John Stones as Jose Mourinho declares his transfer window closed…

Jose Mourinho has suggested that the pursuit of Everton center-back John Stones is over, closing Chelsea’s transfer window and pulling down the blind. Of course, there is nothing to say that Jose won’t be peaking through said blind right up until the official closure on September 1st. And if he wanted to panic John Stones into action thinking he may be about to miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime, publicly withdrawing interest would be an effective way to do it. The worry for Roberto Martinez will be a monster £30m+ bid five minutes before midnight on deadline day, rendering him cash-rich but center-back-poor for the remainder of the season. Again, if Jose was looking to prompt a reaction from Everton in order to avoid this – he has done the smart thing. The mind games have started early…
Aug 5 - 7:20 AM

As injury problems mount for Everton – Darron Gibson, Mo Besic, Aiden McGeady and Tony Hibbert will all miss the start of the season – there is more bad news for Roberto Martinez concerning center-back John Stones. Manchester United have now made an enquiry…

It’s not been a good summer for Roberto Martinez and Everton. His intention was to strengthen each ‘line’ of his team – Defense, Midfield and Attack – but has spent most of his energies keeping his current squad intact. John Stones looks certain to go, with Chelsea’s second bid of £26m unlikely to be their last. And now that prime target Sergio Ramos is set to sign a new deal with Real Madrid, Manchester United have entered the race. United have an extra £45m in the pot from Angel Di Maria’s departure, so Everton can at least expect to get top dollar for Stones from a Chelsea v Man United bidding war. And Man City may yet still have a say. The Mirror report that United are ready to throw Jonny Evans into the package, which might appeal as Everton are down to the bare bones in central defense.
Jul 31 - 4:24 AM

Man City are reported to have entered the race to sign Everton defender John Stones, with Chelsea preparing a third bid…

Everton have so far resisted two bids from Chelsea for John Stones. An initial water-testing £20 million followed by a ‘let’s get serious’ £26m. But the noises coming out of both clubs suggest it is merely a question of finding the tipping point before the deal happens. Jose Mourinho has mused he might have offer a record-breaking figure to get his man. Gary Gahill has urged his young England team-mate to jump and Stone’s himself is apparently keen to go. Enter Man City… It seems that last season’s runners-up are getting twitchy about the Champions further strengthening, so are readying a bid themselves. Whether it is to bolster their own defense or just weaken Chelsea’s is not clear. But the bidding war it could create will at least provide Everton with that record fee they are after.
Source: The Mirror
Jul 30 - 6:53 AM

Everton are reported to be on the verge of signing center-back Aleksandar Dragovic from Dynamo Kiev. But is he a replacement for Sylvain Distin or John Stones…?

Signals coming out of Everton suggest they are close to signing a much needed center-back, but the mood is far from celebratory. Reports say the Toffees have moved ahead of Napoli in the race for Dynamo Kiev’s Austrian international Aleksandar Dragovic. The 29-year-old is being touted as a replacement for the departed Sylvain Distin, but many will be thinking that the deal is merely paving the way for John Stones to join Chelsea. Dragovic will cost around £9 million, which will leave plenty of change from the £30-odd million tag placed on Stones. But losing their prized asset on the eve of the season will be a huge blow to morale. With Romelu Lukaku possibly out for the big kick-off with a hamstring injury and a ‘disillusioned’ James McCarthy ready to open negotiations with Tottenham, it has not been a great for boss Roberto Martinez.
Jul 29 - 6:22 AM

Chelsea are reportedly planning to up their £20 million bid for Everton’s John Stones to £26m within the next 48-hrs – and Roberto Martinez looks to have lined up a replacement…

If anyone doubted that money would talk, Chelsea appear set to get their man sooner or later. Roberto Martinez is braced for an increased big of £26m in the next day or two for John Stones. Everton have placed a £34m price tag on the 21-year-old center-back but you suspect would settle for something midway between the two. Meanwhile, £10m of the fee looks to have been allocated to Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk. Martinez acknowledged that his squad was not complete and that central defence is a problem position. But whether the Dutch center-back is a replacement or reinforcement will become clear soon.
Source: The Mirror
Jul 27 - 6:25 AM

According to Jose Mourinho, Chelsea have not made another bid for defender John Stones.

Mourinho is giving the media mixed messages and the final one is that there is no new bid for Everton defender John Stones. It's very possible that Chelsea have been deterred by the big valuation of the player and Mourinho claims he is more than comfortable entering the season with his current squad. The Blues have John Terry and Gary Cahill at center-back and a capable youngster in Kurt Zouma as backup, so it's very possible they decide the money is not worth it for John Stones. This story is likely far from over, so keep checking back for news.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 23 - 5:15 PM

John Stones’s England team-mate Gary Cahill has urged the 21-year-old to leave Everton as Chelsea prepare a £32 million bid…

Safe to say that Gary Cahill will not on Roberto Martinez’s Christmas card list this year. The Everton boss has already reacted angrily to Chelsea’s public courting of his prized center-back. An initial bid of £20m was rejected, but no-one anticipates the story to end there. Jose Mourinho has said he expects to pay a record fee (or around £32) to get his man, indicating he is happy to do so. But roping in your players to grease the wheels never hurts either. All managers dread their talented young players getting international call ups. Not because of the extra matches, but because it exposes them to players at bigger clubs and talk inevitably turns to wages. Sometimes players will have instructions to ‘sound out’ a particular player, to see if he’s happy. But even if that is not that case, once a player hears what he could be earning elsewhere heads can be turned. And in the absence of an international meet up, you can always turn to the media…
Source: The Guardian
Jul 23 - 4:57 AM

Everton’s hopes for success this season and whether their players are worth investing in for Fantasy League managers look to depend on holding onto John Stones…

With Jose Mourinho casually speculating that he might be forced to shell out a record fee for John Stones. And rumors on Merseyside that the player himself wants to talk to Chelsea, the die looks cast for Everton. But this could be detrimental to the FL value of all Everton players. For a start, John Stones loses all appeal if he is sat on Chelsea’s bench. Jose is no ‘tinker man’ and John Terry and Gary Cahill will take some shifting. Plus, he will need replacing. His departure will leave Everton down to one senior center-back. Phil Jagielka may well have out-performed Leighton Baines and Romelu Lukaku last season (in but he will a defensive partner and they are not easy to come by (ask Louis van Gaal). A sub-standard one and the value of Tim Howard, Seamus Coleman, Jagielka and Baines diminishes. Roberto Martinez isn’t the only manager sweating at the moment…
Jul 22 - 6:44 AM

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is braced for an improved bid from Chelsea for center-back John Stones, thought to be in the region of £26 million…

Despite insisting that John Stones is not for sale, Everton’s resolve – and their summer mantra that they are no longer a selling club – will be challenged this week when Chelsea return with an improved bid. The initial £20m was rejected flat. The reaction to an increase to £26m will be interesting. If the ‘not for sale’ message then becomes a ‘not for sale… even for £XXm’, we will know that Stones has a price and – more importantly – Chelsea will know what that price is. If that’s the case, Roberto Martinez might consider the compromise of taking Stones back on loan for the season. John Terry played every minute of every match last season and will not be ready to step aside just yet. Nor would Jose want him to. He and Gary Cahill are very much the first choice and 20-year-old Kurt Zouma has done nothing wrong in his handful (seven) of starts. Sitting on Chelsea’s bench will not do his Euro 2016 chances or his FL managers any good.
Source: The Express
Jul 20 - 6:26 AM

Jose Mourinho has reacted to criticism from Robert Martinez over Chelsea’s approach for Everton center-back John Stones…

Well, Jose wasn’t about to let it go was he? Everton boss Roberto Martinez is bound to be twitchy about the prospect of losing John Stones. Everton are down to just two senior center-backs and have been working hard to add another. In recent weeks they have been heavily linked with Crytal Palace’s Scott Dann, Manchester United’s Jonny Evans and former United skipper Nemanja Vidic. Chelsea’s initial £20m offer for Stones was rejected and Martinez insists Everton are not a ‘selling’ club. But must expect further bids following Mourniho’s comments: ‘When the transfer window is open, every club and player is open to bids. If I don’t want to accept an offer, I say "I don’t accept any offer". He can make it very easy.’ With another five weeks before the window closes, expect this one to run and run…
Jul 19 - 6:53 AM

Chelsea’s £20 million bid for John Stones has triggered enquiries from both Manchester City and United…

Roberto Martinez’s pre-season plans could about to be thrown into chaos with a bidding war breaking out over center-back John Stones. Chelsea’s initial £20m bid for the 21-year-old has been rejected by Everton, but they are braced for a further attempt from Chelsea – and bids from both Manchester clubs. Martinez has been linked with United’s Jonny Evans and given Everton’s current lack of central defensive cover, the offer of cash plus player exchange might give United the edge. City are keen to add young, homegrown talent and have demonstrated with both Sterling and Delph they have ways and means of getting their man. And Champions Chelsea are yet to spend this summer and can offer young Stones the opportunity to step into John Terry’s shoes (after perhaps a season or so in his shadow). Stones signed a new £30k-a-week contract last year and has been handed the number 5 shirt for the new season. The next couple of weeks will speak volumes about his and Everton’s ambitions.
Jul 17 - 3:39 PM