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Tom Davies wins Everton’s Young Player of the Season Award

Teenager rewarded for senior team breakthrough

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The Ketwig Kaiser in full flow
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Tom Davies pretty much came out of nowhere to become one of the brightest spots of the 2016-17 Everton season, and was deservedly handed the award for Everton’s Young Player of the Season at tonight’s Dixies.

The 18-year-old recently signed a brand new five-year contract after making 22 appearances for the senior team, scoring two goals and picking up three assists in that time. Davies was also shortlisted for the European Golden Boy award, given to the best young player in Europe as well.

Davies’ emergence has allowed Ronald Koeman to go with a three-man midfield with Morgan Schneiderlin forming the base of the triad and Idrissa Gueye in a roving destroyer role. Even Ross Barkley had since been rejuvenated with Davies taking some of the attacking load off his shoulders.

His first ever Everton goal was a beauty too, coming in the 4-0 romp over Manchester City at Goodison Park and that goal and performance won him two more Dixies on the night, for Everton’s Goal of the Season as well as Individual Performance of the Season.

His laid-back style with the flowing locks and socks pulled down low as he strides through the midfield majestically evokes one of the greatest players in the game, Franz Beckenbauer, and has led to Davies’ nickname of ‘Ketwig Kaiser’.

The teenager just recently obtained his driver’s license after being the butt of the changing room’s jokes with his mother dropping him off and picking him up after training.

After his strong showing in January, Davies received two League-wide awards in January, being named the Professional Footballers Association Fans’ Player of the Month, as well as the Match of the Day Young Lion of the Month.