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Tom Davies is still crucial to Everton moving forward

Everton midfielder Tom Davies enjoyed a fairly positive start to life under Marco Silva this season and even captained the senior team on four occasions.

The 20-year-old is a product of the Toffees academy and has shown glimpses at Goodison Park that he can become an elite player further in his career.

But the England Under-21 international has been frozen out recently and his last Premier League start came in a 2-1 win over Leicester City back in October.

The central midfielder was an unused substitute in the next eight league games that followed, before he got a late cameo off the bench at the weekend in the Manchester City defeat.

Davies has slipped down the pecking order at the Merseyside club, but should get his chance to remind everyone of his talent in the next fortnight.

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Everton have league fixtures against Tottenham, Burnley, Brighton and Leicester all ahead of them within the next two weeks during a hectic festive schedule.

Silva is surely going to have to make the most of his squad by rotating players and Davies needs to be prepared to shine in the first team.

His sizeable task is to try force his way into contention alongside the settled pair of Idrissa Gueye and Andre Gomes in the centre of the park, but has proven he’s capable of greatness when on form.

Davies is at his best when he’s a box-to-box central midfielder that joins in with attacks and is also ferocious in the tackles with his defensive duties.

The £25,000-a-week ace (Spotrac) can lay down a real marker with any minutes he gets on the pitch in the near future.

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