There is nothing football fans love more than a local player representing their side, but Tom Davies’ comments reveal that there is a flip side to that.
The Scouse midfielder told the Telegraph: “Because you have that attachment to the club… it becomes an emotional thing. It definitely can be harder in the difficult times for the local lads.”
The local boy has also captained the club on more than one occasion as well as wearing the armband at age group level for England and said: “You will have to ask the managers why they have picked me! But I think I’m a good character around the place. I feel it (captaincy) is something I can do although I am young and still developing.”
With Everton in need of a defensive revamp, current skipper Phil Jagielka and another leader, Leighton Baines, will surely not be at the club much longer.
Ashley Willams, who is Wales captain, has also joined Stoke. So Marco Silva needs a new generation of leaders to emerge in his squad and Davies looks ideally placed to be one of them.
His comments suggest he is a Toffees captain in waiting and you can tell it would mean so much to him.
With the injection of money and a swathe of new faces in recent years, Everton have lost a small piece of their identity. Appointing Davies as captain, whenever it may be, would reclaim some of that.