Paddy Kenny says links between Everton midfielder Tom Davies and Crystal Palace are ‘really strange’.
Football Insider reported last week that Palace were monitoring Davies’ situation with a view to a possible move.
Davies has found first-team football hard to come by under new boss Rafael Benitez.
He’s played only 16 minutes across Everton’s first six Premier League matches.
His contract is up in less than two years’ time and there’s apparently been ‘no progress’ towards an extension.
Palace, meanwhile, may need another midfielder if Conor Gallagher returns to Chelsea at the end of his loan spell.
Kenny has urged Davies to fight for his place at Goodison Park rather than countenance a ‘big drop down’.
He reckons the Scouser has all the support he needs to succeed at his boyhood club.
“For me, that’s a big drop down anyway,” he told Football Insider. “No disrespect to Palace, but Everton are a bigger club. So it’s a really strange one, this.
“Surely he’d want to do his utmost best to try and stay at Everton and get himself into that first-team.
“He’s got the backing of the crowd and the support of all the staff there as well. That means a lot.”
It really isn’t all that difficult to understand. Davies is struggling badly for game time at an upper mid-table outfit, so he could move to a lower mid-table side where his prospects should be significantly better.
Yes, it’s perhaps more complicated because he’s a local lad, but he shouldn’t be criticised if he chooses to put his career first, and there is also the prospect of playing under one of the greatest centre-midfielders in Premier League history at Sehurst Park.
It’s certainly hard to see him agreeing to a new deal if the current trend continues.
In other news, Palace have been linked with this Championship ace.
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