Roberto Martinez has backed John Stones to be a future captain of Everton.
The 20-year-old defender has enjoyed an excellent opening to the 2014/15 season, starting five of the Toffees last six games while forcing his way into the England side.
Although a centre-back through his youth career, the youngster has often been deployed at right-back, a position in which he has shone for club and country, leading to suggestions that he will be a massive player for the Merseysiders over the coming years.
And Martinez is confident that the classy defender will be a major hit, suggesting that he has all of the characteristics to skipper the side in the future:
“John has gone to the next level this season. He has shown he is ready for any challenge.” He is quoted by Sky Sports.
“Every time he has played for England he has done well and he is growing at club level every game.
“John is really well rounded but the focus is on what he can do at Everton – it is not up to me to measure his possibilities with the national team.
“He is a leader. He is born with that quality. He has real high standards in everything he does and for a young man he has always got the right approach on a daily basis.
“In my eyes he is a potential captain and leader, someone very close to Phil Jagielka and Gareth Barry.
“He has a good core to learn from – Jagielka, Sylvain Distin and Antolin Alcaraz and it has been beneficial having Tim Howard behind him.
“Clearly in the last few weeks he has earned his place and performances have shown that.”
Chelsea have already been linked with a move for the youngster.
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