Stones is the future of defending, states Summerbee

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The Manchester City legend has praised the youngster's maturity and composure in the absence of Vincent Kompany and is convinced he can go on to define an era

Mike Summerbee has been impressed with John Stones' start to life at Manchester City this season, stating he represents the future of defending.

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The 22-year-old was signed from Everton in a massive deal over the course of the summer and has slotted right into Pep Guardiola's starting XI, making a total of 19 appearances in all competitions.

Stones has filled in capably for injured captain Vincent Kompany, helping City move just one point behind Premier League leaders Chelsea.

And Summerbee has been impressed by the former Everton man's willingness to assume extra responsibility in the absence of Kompany, adding that he is an admirer of the England international's technical abilities.

"John Stones has done remarkably well. He's a young man, it's a big responsibility playing in that position," he told Omnisport.

"I like him on the ball. He picks the ball up and if there's 20 yards in front of him he'll go into that place, which will commit an inside forward or a midfielder to go into him. Then he'll lay the ball off and he does that very well.

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"I like anybody with confidence who can control the ball and beat people. It's the footballing world now, everybody has to be able to play.

"In my day, we had full-backs who kicked wingers, you had centre-halves who won the ball in the air and the skilful people were the inside forwards and they created situations.

"Now, everybody in the entire Premier League tries to play football."

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