Everton’s youngest-ever starting skipper is relishing the opportunities that new manager Marco Silva has given him to better himself and his game. In a bid to spark his midfield, Silva has recently replaced Morgan Schneiderlin with the 20-year-old and it appears to have worked quite well.
After naming him captain for the Carabao Cup tie against Rotherham United, Silva has handed him the armband a further three times as well, and Davies has certainly risen to the occasion. The youngster then said that he was finally being allowed to be what he wanted to on the pitch by Silva -
“He was trying to see what I think of myself as a player, which is a good thing. I just said how I 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.”
Paired with Idrissa Gueye in the middle, he has been able to show his defensive abilities snapping at opposition midfielder’s heels in the middle while also taking off some of the pressure of ball distribution from the Sengalese livewire, a role he has struggled in at times.
Last week Silva had admitted that he was working on rebuilding the youngster’s confidence after a difficult time last season -
“He’s a young player and started early with our club. He started well in his first season but last season wasn’t his best.
“He’s winning some confidence which is important at this level and we have to help him along the way.”
There is no greater honour than captaining your boyhood club, and speaking to evertonfc.com, the local lad insists it is a role that he does not take lightly.
“It’s a big honour and I’m made up with it. Being captain now is making me love it even more at Everton so I just want to continue doing what I’m doing.
“Results are starting to come and we’re playing well.
“If we keep that up, hopefully we can go up the table and keep progressing.”
Davies went on to add that the style Silva is looking to get the Toffees playing suits him just fine.
“The manager has got a good view of the game and he knows what he wants from his team and I can see myself fitting in that.
“It’s going well so far this season and I’m just looking forward to the rest of it.
“We’ve got a few games when we come back that we can really push on in and see how good we actually are.
“The lads are doing well. It was a good win away from home at the weekend and we’ll be looking to progress from that.”
Here’s hoping the youngster continues to hone his game and developing as a bonafide homegrown star.