By Alex Taylor
Ashley Williams has described John Stones as “brilliant” but will not try and replicate the Manchester City defender’s style of play.
The former Swansea man arrived at Goodison Park this summer as a direct replacement for Stones, who joined Manchester City for £50million in August.
Williams, 32, spent eight years with his former club and will bring his own style of defensive play to Everton, rather than replicate the departing Stones.
“Stones is obviously a brilliant player, Williams told Sky Sports. “He has gone on to Manchester City and will be around for years to come as one of the top centre-backs in the world.”
“We are different players, I’m not trying to be John Stones, I just want to play my game, that’s what the manager bought me for. They had a really good centre-half that’s gone but hopefully I’ll come in and do my job.”
When asked if, like Stones, he would be performing back-flicks or dibbles in his own box, Williams replied: “No I don’t think so, I’m not too good at dribbling, he [Stones] is lot better than me at dribbling and stuff like that, so no that’s not me”
The Wales international comes into an Everton side that has undergone wholesale changes this summer.
Billionaire owner Farhad Moshiri, new manager Ronald Koeman and new Director of Football Steve Walsh have all come into the Merseyside outfit in an attempt to inspire a change of fortunes at the club.
Previous boss Roberto Martinez guided the Blues to back-to-back 11th placed finishes in the Premier League in his last two season’s in charge, a far cry from the Champions League places supporters want to see Everton challenging for.
The team have started the 2016-17 season well though, picking up seven points from their first three fixtures against Tottenham, West Brom and Stoke City.