Everton midfielder Tom Davies lost his place in the starting lineup to Andre Gomes last weekend against Crystal Palace, but should be credited for the way he’s dealt with the blow.
The star has made six Premier League starts so far and eight in all competitions. He has been handed the captain’s armband on four occasions.
Despite that level of responsibility, Davies has come in for criticism from some Toffees fans, who believe he doesn’t have the quality or the consistency to be a regular starter.
Some got their wish when Davies was benched in favour of loan star Gomes last weekend.
But the 20-year-old should be commended for his responses to the situation.
Instead of getting the hump, Davies believes that competition is a good thing.
Speaking maturely to The Daily Telegraph, he said: “You want to play. So it makes sense to then speak to people and ask them what you have to do.
“Last season I did that and this season I am focusing on doing that again.”
He then added, via The Liverpool Echo: “We have a very good squad, very good competition. It’s healthy and it’s what you want. Now there will be more rotation with three or four players who can play a position.
“Obviously I want to get back into the team so I will just train as hard as I can.”
To respond in this way, in the face of heavy criticism from some, shows a great attitude from Davies.
The fact that he is actively seeking answers from Silva about how he can get back into the team shows the commitment and desire that’s needed from all players.
He’ll have to fight to re-establish himself, but he seems like he wants it enough and that counts for a lot.