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10 compelling reasons why Chelsea want to sign Everton’s John Stones, even for over £30 million? Watch the video evidence why.

His Manager, Roberto Martinez calls him “one of the best ball-playing centre-halves in Europe. But is he the answer for Chelsea? Let’s look at the evidence and facts.

  1. He is English, still only 21 and would help Chelsea meet the required Premier League quota of home-grown players.
  2. Offers good defensive options, both immediately and for the long term. He can play centre half and right back – John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic!
  3. Very good pedigree. Played over 50 Premier League games and has 4 England caps. Played in the Europa league.
  4. Good size, 6.2 an athlete with good pace. Has strength, determination and character.
  5. He is a very good defender. Reads the game well defensively, makes good decisions and takes good marking and covering positions.
  6. Has a good leap, is athletic and attacks the ball in the air. Both in his own box and in the opposition area.
  7. Is quick to pressure, tenacious but patient and can deal with 1 v 1 situations comfortably
  8. He wants the ball, is composed and comfortable on it and can play out from the back.
  9. Can pass accurately into midfield and build attacks from the back and through the midfield third.
  10. Has a very good long, accurate pass, so offers the option for Chelsea of going from back to front and switching play to quickly release Costa, Pedro and Hazard in space.



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