Baines: It has been difficult for Stones to deal with as he’s so young
Everton defender Leighton Baines feels that John Stones will come through a tough transfer window in a more positive mind frame after learning to deal with stuff in the media.
The left-back says that it is times like these when the young defender can lean on others for advice, but knows that he has enough on his shoulder to come through the other side.
“The manager’s touched on it a few times that the window shouldn’t be open and I think pretty much everyone in football would agree with that,” Baines said.
“It’s just a source of entertainment for people on the outside now and it doesn’t help anybody in the game. We’ve seen it first-hand with John and we’re just glad the Club took the stance they did and we’ve been able to keep him.
“It has been relentless, particularly for John. Seeing him first-hand on a daily basis, it’s been difficult for him to deal with. He’s still a young lad.
“It’s dragged on for such a long time and he’ll be happy now to see the end of it.
“John knows how to play football – he’s being doing it all his life – [but] he hasn’t had to cope with situations like this before.
“It’s John who has to pick himself up now, dust himself down and move forward, and we’ve supported him all the way through it as a Club and inside the dressing room.
“I think there’s a misconception sometimes – people think that when a footballer hands in a transfer request they do it and go off and play a game of golf or whatever.
“But it’s actually been such a tough thing and, as a young lad, you do lean on other people a bit more for advice at these times.”
“I think the true reflection of John has been shown on the pitch – he’s conducted himself brilliantly in the dressing room and he’s performed well in all the games,” added Baines.
“That’s when he’s being himself, that’s when we’re seeing the real John Stones. That’s the guy we all love here.”
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