Being a local player playing for your boyhood team can be a double-edged sword and Tom Davies is perhaps finding that out now.
The supporters are generally desperate to see one of their own succeed, but it can create pressure to perform regularly and show the passion that the fans demand.
There’s perhaps a suspicion that Davies has been overhyped and overrated because he’s local and loves the club, but it’s fair to say that there’s a large chunk of the support who remain behind him.
And when the Toffees’ official account tweeted a video of Davies singing a fan song about his team-mate Richarlison, many supporters online lapped it up.
Tom Davies: pic.twitter.com/3NGULvKqLa
— Everton (@Everton) July 18, 2019
Many of them enjoyed seeing a player acting like one of them and not taking himself too seriously, with one or two suggestions – however serious they may be – to make Davies the man to take the captain’s armband from the departed Phil Jagielka.
Marco Silva is setting about trimming his squad this summer and while it doesn’t seem Davies is in any danger, the 2019/20 season would be a good time for him to put together some consistent form and give the fans even more to sing about…
I love this club.
— Tommy (@tmdemarzo) July 18, 2019
Love Tom Davies me! Young blue living the dream! Hope he shows everyone how good he can be this season!
— Ronnie Proffitt (@ronnie_1878) July 18, 2019
My captain 💙
— Fergus O'Connor (@Feedtheyak22) July 18, 2019
Is that adorable or what?!
— toffeegirl1979 (@toffeegirl1979) July 18, 2019
Make him Captain now
— Tiernán Curran (@AnTaifiDearg) July 18, 2019
one of us tom 💪💙
— ABOOD SHAHEEN 💙 (@3boodrak) July 18, 2019
— Simm Minogue (@simm_minogue) July 18, 2019
Haha love this!!
— Neil toffee Thomas (@njtefc81) July 18, 2019
— DarthVindictus (@DVindictus) July 18, 2019