The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Joshua Richards

BURY’S teenage de­fender Matty Foulds has been likened to Chelsea tar­get John Stones, by ex­cited man­ager David Fl­itcroft.

Foulds, 17, came off the bench to make his se­nior de­but in Bury’s mid­week Cap­i­tal One Cup de­feat to Le­ices­ter City.

Yet Fl­itcroft is al­ready tip­ping the de­fender for star­dom, liken­ing him to Eng­land and Ever­ton de­fender Stones, who Premier League cham­pi­ons Chelsea have failed to sign this month.

“I’d com­pare him to John Stones in his young days,” said Fl­itcroft, who man­aged Stones at Barns­ley.“He’s only 17, but plays with no fear. He plays with an at­ti­tude and plays ev­ery game as though it’s his last.

“He’s been with the first team for eight or nine months, train­ing at that in­ten­sity. He got schooled the other week by Leon Clarke, but it was one of the best days of train­ing he’s had.

“I said to him that this is where you want to be, not play­ing for the A team. You want to be play­ing against peo­ple like Tom Pope, Leon Clarke, Ryan Lowe – they’ll test you.

“He’s had that now for quite a few months and is just get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter.

“He is brave in ev­ery­thing he does, and I love that.”

BRAVE: Matty Foulds

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