Since bursting onto the scene at the age of 17, Tom Davies has found himself in and out of the Everton squad.
The dynamic midfielder, who joined the club a decade ago, has found first-team appearances hard to come by in recent months. He’s found himself behind Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph and Morgan Schneiderlin in the pecking order and has been given very few chances to impress since the arrival of Marco Silva. Many Toffees fans have been calling for the 21-year old to be given a chance to shine, and Davies will be hoping that the Portuguese boss will offer him the chance to stake a claim over the coming months.
Davies’ standout moment in an Everton shirt arrived in January 2017 when he dinked the ball over an on-rushing Claudio Bravo to put his side 3-0 up at the Etihad Stadium with just 11 minutes left in the game. He also nodded a Bacary Sagna effort off the line to help preserve a clean sheet and left many supporters enthusing over the youngster’s all-action display. Statistics showed that Davies had covered more ground than any other player on the pitch, but he was unable to keep that consistent in subsequent outings.
During the 2018-19 campaign, he completed a full 90 minutes on just nine occasions. Everton won just two of those games, with both victories coming against relegated duo Huddersfield and Fulham. He was part of the side that lost 6-2 to Spurs in December and he clocked up just ten minutes of first-team action between the end of February and the beginning of May.
He’s played only eleven minutes so far this season, coming off the bench during Everton’s goalless draw with Crystal Palace on the opening weekend. He is likely to get an opportunity to shine in the EFL Cup against Lincoln on August 28th and he must take that opportunity with both hands.
Davies, who signed a new contract in April, has found himself behind both Fabian Delph and Jean-Phillipe Gbamin this season. But with both players currently struggling with injuries, this could prove to be the ideal time for the youngster to impress. Everton fans are divided on Andre Gomes, who continues to blow hot and cold, whilst Morgan Schneiderlin has already served one suspension this season and is unlikely to be too far away from another ban. Although the club are relatively well-stocked in this department, none of the aforementioned players have shone so far this campaign which that is good news for the popular midfielder.
Everton lost 2-0 at Villa Park on August 23rd, but the Toffees do have some relatively kind-looking fixtures on the horizon with games against Sheffield United, Bournemouth and Brighton all to come before the end of October. The club are 7/2 in the Premier League betting markets to break into the top six this season, but they will need to improve their record on the road. They won just five times away from Goodison Park last season, but they did beat three top-six sides in front of their own fans.
Marco Silva’s men appear to be lacking creativity in the final third and Tom Davies could be the man to help drive them forward to provide some much-needed energy in the centre of the park. Fans are always likely to be a little more patient when it comes to academy graduates and the Goodison Park faithful will surely relish the opportunity to see this local lad given a chance to cement his place in the side over the coming months.