An England international and Premier League title winner with Manchester City, John Stones has had quite the rise in English football.
And the 24-year-old will undoubtedly look back at his time at Everton, pinpointing it as the stage of his career where he truly started to develop into a top centre-half.
In David Moyes’ final season at Goodison Park before joining Manchester United to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson, Stones joined the Toffees from Barnsley during the 2013 January transfer window for just £3.15m (Transfermarkt).
Looking at the footballer Stones has gone on to become, not to mention the fact that Everton sold him on for £50.04m (Transfermarkt), Moyes got an absolute bargain.
On the ball, there are few central defenders in the Premier League more calm and composed than the Manchester City man if any at all.
Considering that, it comes as no surprise that Pep Guardiola was willing to fork out so much money on Stones, while Roberto Martinez fought tooth and nail to keep him at Goodison Park when Chelsea came sniffing (Sky Sports).
When it comes to areas such as concentration and positioning, there is work to be done, though it still feels like the odd mistake he does make as a result of the previously mentioned can be blown out of proportion.
Overall, the ex-Barnsley player is a still a good defender, one who is strong in the air despite not having the most imposing of builds.
Is he worth £50m? Time will tell. But whatever the case, from Everton’s perspective, it is wins all round. They bought a quality player for barely anything before selling him on for a gigantic fee.