Former Everton defender Michael Ball believes Tom Davies now has a chance to kick on at Goodison Park, after a frustrating start to the 2019/20 season.
The 21-year-old has been used rather sparingly by Marco Silva, with the likes of Fabian Delph, Morgan Schneiderlin and Andre Gomes being preferred in midfield.
But Silva has opted to start Davies in the last three Premier League games, suggesting a corner has been turned.
And in the eyes of Ball, the horrendous injury to Gomes will undoubtedly mean Davies will have to step up going forwards.
Writing in his latest Liverpool Echo column, he said: “It’s come under very sad circumstances but Tom has to grab his chance now.
“He just needs a good little run now of six or seven games where he’s keeping those 8/9 out of 10 performances going so he can make the spot his own and there could even be opportunities for him in the England set-up.
“I thought Tom rang rings round Declan Rice at Goodison the other week and he’s had a lot of people talking him up of late.
TBR’s view – Huge period for Davies
Davies has had to bide his time this term, but it now looks as though the Toffees will be massively counting on their academy graduate for the foreseeable future.
With Jean-Philippe Gbamin also out for the rest of 2019, Everton really are down to the bare bones in midfield.
It’s likely Davies will be a permanent fixture going forwards, and his energy and tenacity alongside Delph will be huge for the Toffees.