Kevin Phillips says Everton’s Tom Davies ‘might need to leave to further his career’, which has ‘stagnated’ at Goodison Park.
According to a report from Football Insider last month, Davies’ future is in doubt.
His £25,000-per-week contract expires in June 2023 and there’s apparently yet to be any progress towards an extension.
This uncertainty has alerted Crystal Palace, who are keeping a close eye on the situation, claims a source for the outlet.
Davies has yet to start a Premier League game this season but has played three times as a substitute, albeit for a total of just 34 minutes (via WhoScored).
New boss Rafael Benitez has shown a preference for Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure in the middle of the park.
Despite his limited involvement in 2021/22, Davies’ Transfermarkt value remains as high as it’s ever been at £16.2million.
Speaking to Football Insider, Phillips reflected on how the landscape had changed for Davies for his boyhood club.
“His career has stagnated a bit,” he said. “18 months ago the kid was getting a lot of game time and playing good football.
“The problem for him is, Allan and Doucoure have come in. Their arrival has pushed him down the pecking order. He is at the back of the pecking order really.”
While supporters may be particularly reluctant to see an academy product go, Phillips says Davies has to look after his own interests.
“Is his time at Everton up? Maybe,” he said. “The fans will not want to see him leave because he is a good young player who’s come through the academy there.
“But, I think Davies knows that he might need to leave to further his career.
“Davies may need to look for a move in January and I think he’d be a very good signing for someone. I think a move will be on the cards in January.”
There may still be opportunities for Davies. Allan will turn 31 in January and his injury record suggests there will be periods of absence.
It’s a question of whether Davies is happy to accept a back-up role at his hometown club for now, or whether he’s determined to be playing week-in, week-out further down the league.
He seems to be one of those who’s suffered slightly from the change of manager, but it’s still very early days in Benitez’s tenure.
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