As a team, Everton have not played particularly well recently. The Blues lost to Millwall, snuck by Huddersfield Town, embarrassed themselves against Wolves, and then unsurprisingly lost to Manchester City. If there have been any positives from those games, though, it’s been the progress of 20 year old midfielder Tom Davies.
Davies, of course, still has his flaws, but after being thrust back into the starting picture due to Idrissa Gueye’s...situation, he’s done well for himself by showing a willingness to drive the team forward and try to pick out a killer pass. Marco Silva has noticed.
In some moments of the season Tom did really well.
Then we changed and Tom waits for his chance. When his chance came he answered well. I was happy with his performance in the last match. He did well in two different positions. I saw him taking responsibility and commanding the team in some moments of the match.
You are talking about a really young player even if he has been playing the last three seasons. He has the quality to do good things but to enjoy his football also.
Against Manchester City, Davies also re-assumed the captaincy, a role which he normally takes when so many Everton veterans are out of the lineup. In more certain times, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines, Seamus Coleman, and Gylfi Sigurdsson all come before Tom in the captain’s hierarchy, but you can tell it’s a job that the youngster takes very seriously. It might be a job he takes more often, according to Silva.
Last game we didn’t have our three captains. After we have Tom and Gylfi. Let’s see. He started very young at our club. We hope he can continue and keep improving his football.
I don’t want to put all this pressure on him. Sometimes when you are not captain you can do the role even if you don’t have the armband. Of course it’s important to him. Let’s see the future and if he can take more responsibility. I think he can do that.
Regardless of whether or not Tom Davies is a future captain, it’s always gratifying to see the local Liverpool lads succeeding at Everton. With any luck, Davies will be around the club for years to come.