Sol Campbell Reckons Everton’s John Stones is the New Alan Hansen

Sol Campbell Reckons Everton’s John Stones is the New Alan Hansen

Since retiring, Sol Campbell has made a name for himself as an outspoken voice within football.

The Arsenal legend loves making a controversial comment or two, and his latest opinions won’t particularly please Liverpool or Everton fans.

Campbell has been speaking about Toffees defender John Stones, who has been repeatedly linked with moves to Chelsea, Manchester United and even Barcelona after excelling this season and last.

The centre-back is said to be valued at around £50 million and looks on course to be one of England’s key players at next summer’s European championships.

And Campbell has been comparing the former Barnsley player to another defender who made his name on Merseyside but for the red half of the city.

According to Sol, Stones is just like Liverpool legend Alan Hansen, a man who won three European Cups during his time at Anfield.

Campbell, speaking exclusively to ahead of Arsenal’s match against Manchester City said:

“He reminds me of Alan Hansen, the way he plays. There’s a bit of Rio in there too.

“He is a very good defender but he might have to tweak his game because there are times to play and times not to play.

“That’s where he will learn best for sure at Everton. Whether he is at Everton over the next two years is another question.

“He has attributes to go all the way but he has to tweak his game not just for the Premier League but moving forward into international level where he can easily be playing for the next five to ten years.

“Its great to see young players happy to take chances but he has to modify his game because the higher you go there are better centre-forwards and they’ll think ‘Well, he’s going to take a chance here so I’ll go for him’.

“He has to sometimes play and sometimes play it easy so they won’t know if he’s going to come out from the back and try a trick. I’m sure he will learn that.”

Is Sol right? Is he just like Alan Hansen, or will he go on to eventually eclipse the former Scotland international?

Read the full and frank interview – including Campbell’s thoughts on Calum Chambers and Barcelona – here.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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