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John Stones | Defensemen

Team: Everton
Age / DOB:  (20) / 5/28/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 154

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John Stones was handed a start as Sylvain Distin was kept out with a leg injury and Everton kept their first clean sheet in the process in the 0-2 win at West Brom.
Is it a coincidence that in Everton's first match where Stones partnered Phil Jagielka instead of Distin that the Toffees managed their first clean sheet? After a strong showing last season, Roberto Martinez may be on the verge of granting Stones regular starts going forward. He currently provides the cheapest route to Everton's defense and his energy level is something Martinez cannot ignore. With Crystal Palace paying a visit to Goodison Park next, Stones could make for a good play as soon as this weekend. Sep 16 - 8:32 AM

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Everton fell 3-1 to hosts SC Paderborn as questions still remain concerning who Roberto Martinez will call upon at several key positions when the season kicks off next weekend.

The debate as to who will partner Phil Jageilka at center back did not get any clearer as both Stones and Sylvain Distin rode the bench while Antolin Alcaraz got the nod. The odds are the veteran Distin will be favored to start the season but it would not surprise if Stones eventually displaced him. Both may be called upon at the start though as Seamus Coleman's hamstring keeps him in doubt. The Belgian duo of Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas, who are still recovering from World Cup fatigue, are not guaranteed to start Week 1 either, though Lukaku is still expected to. Despite the appeal of loading up on Toffees given that they play one of the promoted clubs, Leicester City may see an opportunity to grab a result. Should Mirallas be ruled out formally, Aiden McGeady could be a decent punt for Week 1, he's cheap and has been productive in the preseason.

Amid rumors that he might leave Everton this summer, young center back John Stones has penned a five year extension with the Goodison Park club.

Whether this extension means that the player will stay at Goodison Park for the long term remains to be seen. What is certain is that he is highly likely to stay for this season and if he does leave Everton will be able to charge a higher transfer fee. Either way, this is a strong move for the club as they secure the value of one of their young, upcoming players.
Aug 7 - 4:58 PM

Everton could not get their attack to break through the Sunderland defense, but solid defending, and an own goal from Wes Brown gave the Toffees a 0-1 win, moving them ahead of Arsenal into the final Champions League spot.

The hero for Everton, 19 year old John Stones, who is quickly making a case to stay in Roberto Martinez's side once Phil Jageilka returns to fitness. Stones made a critical clearance off the goal line in the first half when Fabio Borini got around the keeper but Stones got in the way in the nick of time. It was end to end action but neither side was breached until Wes Brown stood between a Gerard Deulofeu cross and goal, and the ball deflected in. A disappointing result for those who invested in the Everton attack, but they still have Crystal Palace to face midweek.
Apr 12 - 12:16 PM