A lot has been said about John Stones and the very public attempt by Chelsea to unsettle the player. Everton are no strangers to this type of media circus surrounding star players who then force a move.
In the past they have experienced the losses of Wayne Rooney and Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United, Joleon Lescott to Manchester City and even further back in the 90's when Nick Barmby was poached by neighbouring Liverpool.
John Stones isn't Everton's handy work, though. That credit has to go to Barnsley for unearthing such a young talent. The kid oozes class and Everton did very well to tie him up when they identified his talent. But if he stays at Goodison, he will not be alone as the only talented youngster within the ranks of Goodison Park.
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Of course there is Ross Barkley and more recently Galloway and Browning, both defenders who have emerged into the first team fray. But this pre-season has seen a host of youngsters given a chance to shine and press a claim for the first team.
Ryan Ledson, Kieren Dowell and Antonee Robinson are all superstars in the making and will all press on with careers in the top flight. Also making waves are Matthew Pennington and Conor McAleny, the latter scoring after just 90 seconds against Dundee in Everton's 2-0 victory.
When you look at the depth of the talent coming through and add relatively young, more experienced players like Romelu Lukaku, Mo Besic, Luke Garbutt and Gerard Deulofeu, Everton have a very bright future.
Stones, much to his credit, isn't making waves and he knows that at his age he can pick and choose his employer at any time. But he is playing as centre-half partner to fellow English centre half Phil Jagielka and is loved by the Goodison faithful. The feeling around the blue half of Merseyside is that he will still be at the club for next season, unless Chelsea make an extremely ridiculous offer.
If he does leave, though, it wouldn't be a surprise if the next cab from the Everton academy isn't too bad either.
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