BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks has been lavishing praise on Everton midfielder Tom Davies after his recent run of form for the Toffees.
After a dismal start to the season, Marco Silva called Davies in to start for Everton against West Ham last month and the 21-year-old has become an ever-present since.
His excellent form was rewarded with a goal at the weekend as Everton defeated Southampton 2-1 to lessen the burden on the struggling Portuguese boss.
Crooks, writing in his Team of the Week column, feels that Davies’ current form will be extremely good news for Silva, especially in light of Andre Gomes’ potentially season-ending ankle injury.
“In the absence of Andre Gomes, the abilities of Tom Davies in midfield have become even important to Everton.
“What a relief it must have been then for the beleaguered Marco Silva, who for some reason is still under pressure at Goodison Park, that Davies was quite outstanding away at Southampton.”
There is no doubt that Everton are performing better now they have Davies in the starting XI on a regular basis.
The real question, as far as Everton fans are concerned, is why it took so long for Silva to give him a chance this season.
Fans on Twitter have long called for Davies to get an extended run in the team amid poor form from the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Davies has not let those fans down with a string of impressive performances since being brought in to the fold. Hopefully, he can continue to shine over the course of the season.