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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 is one of several fantasy commodities from Everton that look not to be trusted as Roberto Martinez's side are struggling to turn things around
Perhaps it is a bit early to say it, but the Toffees are only 4 points clear from the drop at the moment, and though they have had the stigma of slow starts bleeding back into the days of David Moyes, to be scrapping along at a point-per-game average at this stage of the season is alarming. There has been no reason to think things will turn around instantly except for a history of success with virtually the exact squad that pushed for a Champion's League spot a year ago. You would like to think Martinez can figure it out but it won't come easy this week hosting Manchester City. Stones' price has dropped like a, well, you know, and if there is a turnaround near, he is the one you want a discount. He is worth a barndoor stash should Everton get a positive result against Man City as the Toffees remain at home the following week vs West Brom. Jan 7 - 5:15 PM

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John Stones is fully recovered from ankle ligament surgery that saw him miss Everton's last ten league games and will now try to wrestle back his starting position from veteran Sylvain Distin.

Stones made the bench last weekend so he is fit and the changing of the guard is inevitable as he had taken the job from Distin earlier in the season. Distin is in the twilight of his career and cannot match the stamina of Stones, who continues to develop nicely after being converted from the fullback position. His ten game absence has seen his fantasy stock plummet in every format so managers should pay close attention if they want a promising Tofee defender on the cheap. It is highly doubtful that Distin will start all three matches between now and New Year's, so both should probably be avoided until later into January, when the preferred choice going forward should be a bit more clear.
Thu, Dec 25, 2014 12:13:00 PM

Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Everton defender John Stones will undergo surgery after suffering ankle ligament damage during the closing stages of Sundays defeat at Old Trafford.

The loss of Stones is a bitter blow for Everton who are waiting for their season to kick into gear having secured only one win during their opening seven fixtures. Despite the Toffees leading the division in the number of goals conceded [16] the England defender has looked assured and composed. Roberto Martinez is once again counting the cost of another unfortunate injury having already seen Kevin Mirallas, Ross Barkley and Seamus Coleman succumb to various problems although the trio are closing in on a return. Sylvan Distin is ready to fill void over the coming weeks after his recent spell out of the squad.
Thu, Oct 9, 2014 11:43:00 AM

Everton defender John Stones has been withdrawn from the upcoming England Euro qualifying matches after Roberto Martinez confirmed the centre-back injured his ankle ligaments deep into injury time at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The unfortunate Stones was starting his fourth successive Premier League game and was thriving despite the Toffees suffering an indifferent start to this season’s campaign. In the absence of Sylvain Distin the youngster had been hoping to cement his place within the first team alongside England teammate Phil Jagielka but this latest setback could rule him out for a number of weeks – a clearer understanding of the injury should be known within the next 48 hours. Calum Chambers has been called up from Arsenal to replace John Stones in the England squad.
Source: Daily Mail
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 05:47:00 PM

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.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 08:32:00 AM

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.
Thu, Aug 7, 2014 04:58:00 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.
Sat, Apr 12, 2014 12:16:00 PM