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Davies' pride at becoming youngest starting captain

Tom Davies says he is proud of becoming the youngster player to captain Everton from the start of a match after the defeat of Rotherham in the League Cup at Goodison Park.

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August 31, 2018, 01:00:10 AM
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I still despise Clive Thomas..

August 31, 2018, 02:49:48 PM
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August 31, 2018, 02:53:16 PM
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Should of been Gylfi

I was surprised by this too.

Whilst Gylfi undoubtably gives his all he doesn’t seem the most vocal, maybe Davies is more likely to lead than him.

August 31, 2018, 03:03:38 PM
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I was surprised by this too.

Whilst Gylfi undoubtably gives his all he doesn’t seem the most vocal, maybe Davies is more likely to lead than him.

Agree he’s not very vocal so could be partly the reason but I didn’t see the whole of the game so did Davies show a lot of Captaincy ?

August 31, 2018, 03:06:42 PM
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He got it because he’s played the most games for Everton out of the players available.


August 31, 2018, 03:26:46 PM
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He got it because he’s played the most games for Everton out of the players available.

That’s a reasonable case for it I suppose.

August 31, 2018, 03:37:12 PM
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He got it because he's the best skate-border at the club, no other reason.

August 31, 2018, 04:31:23 PM
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Tom Davies wasn't even fully aware that he had made history when he walked out onto the Goodison Park pitch against Rotherham on Wednesday night. The 20-year-old became Everton's youngest ever starting captain when he led the side out - in what was undoubtedly a proud moment for the midfielder. But, he didn't know about his amazing record - in fact, he was kept in the dark about the captaincy himself until shortly before kick off.

A beaming Davies remarked after the match: “Am I? That’s a privilege. It’s an honour to captain the club, so to be the youngest is just amazing. No-one was sure who it was going to be leading into the game, but with none of the more senior lads playing I found out when I got to the stadium, just two hours before kick-off. I was buzzing, and all the lads were buzzing for me.”

And he wasn't the only academy graduate to start the match. Right alongside him in central midfield was Kieran Dowell, a good friend of his coming through the ranks at the club together - and sharing the experience with him was something even more special.

"It was great to have a few lads from the Academy around the team with me today to share the experience," he added.

“It was great to have Kieran (Dowell) alongside me. We know each other’s game really well. It’s a good feeling when you have come through and now you are playing in front of 30,000 at Goodison together. We were trying to just do it as we did as kids, really. I think he felt the same.”

Davies is already looking to have had a stronger start to this season under Marco Silva than he did last term. The whole Everton squad struggled under Ronald Koeman and then Sam Allardyce later in the season, but the midfielder now think he is already improving in a new system.

He says Silva has already had a long conversation about with him about what his plans for the 20-year-old are and where Davies thinks his best position is - and the midfielder is happy with the outcome.

He said: “Good. I feel like I am improving a lot under him. The team is definitely doing a lot better under him. I feel we have more of an identity now and that is down to him, so I am looking forward to the season under him. He has a plan for us. As soon as he came in he wanted to speak to me. He asked me what I thought were my strengths. He said he wanted to know my opinions because he had opinions, too. I felt he had a plan for me. He is someone I know I can improve under. The way it is going so far is the way I like to play. He has found a position that suits me so I’m looking forward to it. I think we felt the same. He was trying to see what I think of myself as a player, which is a good thing. I just said how like to play as a box-to-box midfielder. I feel I can play an attacking role or play a bit deeper, but I prefer going box-to-box. That is how I like the play football.”

Davies admits the 2017/18 campaign was tough for everyone, not just himself, but is backing Silva to get the squad playing good football again.

"It was a tough season for us all. I would not say it was just me underperforming," Davies remarked.

"It was a generally bad season for the club. Now I think we have a stable manager, someone we can learn from. I have to work hard in training and put it into practice. It is the same with all the managers who have come in. I have played under them all, which I think is down to working the same on the training ground whoever comes in. You get yourself in the team. That is how I look it.”


It won't be the last time he is captain. I thought it was as good of a game as he has had. Was good to see a midfielder willing to drive the ball forward into space.