Known for his technical ability and physical presence, Stones is celebrated for being a ball-playing centre back. Teammates and coaches have praised his composure with the ball, defensive skills, range of passing, vision and versatility. Joleon Lescott said of his ability: “John can do things most defenders can’t – a little feign here and there, maybe a turn to get out of trouble when he needs to – and that’s what is going to set him apart from others – the ability to do things others can’t. He’ll do his job and defend well, but there will be moments when he does something special and you’ll just go ‘ah, that’s why he’s regarded as the best.’ He doesn’t seem to get fazed by anything and always seems calm and he never hides”. Manchester City and England teammate Kyle Walker added “You don’t quite appreciate him until you are playing alongside him. He rarely gets beat, he is great on the ball and he is very calm and level-headed.” He developed his ball-playing style early in his career with many crediting Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola for his later development. His range of passing has led to comparisons with Rio Ferdinand, Gerard Piqué, Jérôme Boateng, Pep Guardiola and Franz Beckenbauer.