Goodison great Peter Reid has praised Chelsea target John Stones for his performances amid intense transfer speculation, according to talkSPORT.
The young England international was the subject of numerous bids from the Stamford Bridge side over the course of the summer, but ultimately stayed on Merseyside.
The former Barnsley youngster has been lauded by Reid, currently in charge of Mumbai City.
‘I think he’s done absolutely outstanding’ said the former Sunderland boss, who played for the Toffees between 1982-1989, winning the FA Cup and two First Division titles as well as the European Cup Winners’ cup.
The 21-year old saw a transfer request rejected by the Goodison Park outfit, but has been praised for his attitude since then by Reid.
‘I’ve got to pay credit to the boy’, he declared.
Stones arrived at Everton in 2013 and has enjoyed a meteoric rise that saw him included in Roy Hodgson’s provisional Three Lions squad for the 2014 World Cup.
Club manager Roberto Martinez has also heaped praise on the player, describing him as a ‘true Evertonian’ and a ‘top professional’.
The centre-back is currently on international duty as Hodgson’s side prepare to face San Marino in a Euro 2016 qualifier.