Tom Davies is hoping that his performances during the international break have turned Marco Silva’s head. According to The Telegraph, Davies would like more Everton chances in the future and he hopes his form for England U21s will convince the club to give him a chance.
The 21-year-old was handed an 11-minute cameo on the opening day of the season but has not played since. Davies was not called upon when Everton played Lincoln City in the EFL Cup and then he was dropped out of the matchday squad against Wolves.
With Andre Gomes and Fabian Delph now back, his Everton first-team chances are even more limited. But he captained England U21s to wins over Turkey and Kosovo and this might have sent a reminder to Marco Silva.
Davies: “Hopefully I’ve impressed”
Speaking after the games, Davies said (via The Telegraph): “I’m just doing my best and hopefully I’ve impressed him [Silva]. It’s up to him to see how it goes. Everton stay in touch. I got a text after the Turkey game from one of the staff so it’s all good. It was positive they were watching and I’m glad they were.”
Davies has now played 90 games for Everton since bursting onto the scene as a teenager. But his game time has been reduced since Silva’s arrival and he managed just 16 Premier League games last season.
Still, he hopes to get more chances in the near future and is willing to play as a holding midfielder (as he did for England U21s) or as a more conventional central midfielder. Davies added: “I’m not really bothered about where I play as long as I’m out there. I’m enjoying the deeper role.
“It’s been good to go away and get two games under my belt. It’s been good for me. So I’ll be looking forward to getting back to Everton and playing there, hopefully.”
Davies might have faded out of the first-team picture over the course of the last year but that does not mean he should be written off. With his England U21 performances, the midfielder shot a timely reminder that he is a talented young player.
It is easy to forget how young he is still. Davies offers a perfect blend of youth and experience; something which could benefit Everton in the long run. With Jean-Philippe Gbamin injured, perhaps now is time to make that defensive midfield spot his own.