The Soccerex 20 U21 Report has ranked the Continent's top players aged 20 or younger as of January 1, 2015 and Everton's rising central defensive star comes in at 15th.
His valuation is set at just under £12m, though, some £18m less than most Evertonians would say should be the minimum fee the England international would command were the Blues to sell him.
The tabloid press have resumed pushing stories linking Stones with Chelsea, with the Daily Express ignoring Roberto Martinez's need to replace Sylvain Distin by claiming that Everton's pursuit of Angelo Ogbonna is to cover the departure of Stones instead.
Everton have no interest in selling one of the jewels in their crown as he continues to mature into one of the Premier League's best defenders.
The Soccerex rankings were compiled using the Football Value Index, a player valuation methodology which takes into account various metrics including age, position, minutes played and technical quality.
Liverpool's Raheem Sterling was ranked first with a value of £35m, new Manchester United signing Memphis Depay was third at £23.5m while Luke Shaw, a £30m signing for United last summer, was listed ninth with a value of £18m.
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1 Posted 07/07/2015 at 05:55:27
2 Posted 07/07/2015 at 06:46:54
The Stones valuation seems reasonable, as he still has a propensity for the odd howler; once he eliminates that habit, he will be magnificent.
3 Posted 07/07/2015 at 07:20:10
4 Posted 07/07/2015 at 08:51:14
I think itÃ‚s worth pointing out just how much of a decline Ross Barkley must have had last season for him not to named on this list and how much work he needs to put in to get back up in amongst the top young players. Or has he just found his level? I hope not as I believe the younger group of players Martinez is forming is good for our club.
Keeping the likes of Coleman, McCarthy and Lukaku are vital for us as they will form the the basis for Stones, Barkley, Besic and Deulofeu to kick on and reach their potential. Add promising younger players like Browning, Garbutt, Galloway, Ledson, Henen and we have a great group of younger players who "could" be at the club for many years to come-if we can keep hold of them all. Value is irrelevant if thereÃ‚s no intention to sell in the first place.
5 Posted 07/07/2015 at 10:29:00
6 Posted 07/07/2015 at 10:48:03
7 Posted 07/07/2015 at 11:16:18
Too bad Mr Barkley had a very poor last season as he would definitely have been high on that particular list if he had. reckon we should have sold him after he had his one period of fame as the lad has unfortunately stopped improving.
He seems to lack confidence and stamina IMO and only seems to do well from the bench when he initially comes on. Osman out-shone him last season.
8 Posted 07/07/2015 at 11:49:11
9 Posted 07/07/2015 at 13:22:34
10 Posted 07/07/2015 at 14:13:33
12 Posted 08/07/2015 at 16:02:08
What happens on the Dark Side is none of our business. I donÃ‚t rate Sterling too much anyway, but what can have gone so badly wrong to lead to todayÃ‚s news? Perhaps his over-valuation in daft lists like this is one factor?
13 Posted 09/07/2015 at 21:46:45
Three John Stones in the same team would make the commentators job a nightmare.
14 Posted 09/07/2015 at 21:57:04
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