Everton manager Marco Silva says he does not view Tom Davies as a holding midfielder, despite the fact he played there for the England Under 21 side.
Davies has struggled for gametime this season and while Silva was happy to see him playing for the Young Lions, he won’t be following Aidy Boothroyd’s lead.
As per the Liverpool Echo, he said: “It’s important to see him playing, that’s the main thing for me. If you ask me if I’m seeing Tom like my holding midfielder, I’m not.
“Our plans are clear with him, it’s important for him to play for us. Competition will be really tough, not just for him but for the others. He’s really working hard, giving his best every day and it’s what I want from him.”
TBR’s View – Silva probably right not to convert Davies, but it won’t help him in terms of gametime
If Davies was seen as a holding midfielder by Silva, he could perhaps have hoped to exploit Idrissa Gueye’s departure, JP Gbamin’s injury and Fabian Delph’s advancing years and get more matches at Goodison Park.
That would have handed him an opportunity but it looks as if he is in competition with Andre Gomes for a spot in Silva’s midfield, which is a hard ask for the 21-year-old.
Everton is his club and at 21 he has plenty of time to break into the team but he will go backwards if he isn’t playing. That makes the England games crucial and perhaps that’ll convince another club to take a punt on him as a holding player.