England Under 21s head coach Aidy Boothroyd has been full of praise for Everton product Tom Davies after the Blues youngster helped spark a 2-0 win for the Young Lions with an influential performance at home to Kosovo, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
Davies was one of only four players to have retained their place in Boothroyd’s plans from his last Young Lions squad and the only Everton player named, as England’s U21s faced Turkey and Kosovo in Euro 2021 qualifiers.
Liverpool-born Davies was named captain for England’s Under 21s when they faced – and beat – Turkey 3-2 last Friday, but found himself without the armband and playing in an unfamiliar deeper role at home to Kosovo tasked with anchoring the midfield on Monday night.
He did not shriek into the shadows, however, with the Daily Mail describing his performance as ‘a mature display by someone who simply doesn’t have games in his legs at the moment’.
The daily newspaper added that the 12-cap U21 international ‘rarely surrendered possession, sitting and dictating the game at his own pace’.
Their praise of Davies resounded with Young Lions boss Boothroyd, who told reporters after the game: “Tom was outstanding. He’s not playing for his club side, to put those two performances in. We’ll see how that holding role develops.”
Marco Silva has so far been reluctant to award Davies minutes for Everton this season (TransferMarkt), with the Portuguese only awarding the midfielder one appearance lasting eleven minutes in the curtain-raiser draw at Crystal Palace and omitted the 21-year-old from his matchday squad to face Lincoln City and Wolves.
Davies only had ten minutes of club football between February 10 and the end of last season, as well, despite Silva naming the 5 ft 9 central midfield as captain for the Toffees’ prior two Premier League fixtures – the fifth and sixth instance the Blues head coach had done so.
If Davies wants to secure a more prominent role for himself at Goodison Park, it would be likely that he has to take up a deeper role under Silva like Boothroyd tasked him with, despite sharing desires to be the advanced midfielder earlier in the summer.
There may be less competition in the advanced role (TransferMarkt), but Gylfi Sigurdsson is unlikely to be dropped from the position any time soon having started the Premier League campaign with the most key passes and second-most shots of any Everton player, according to data collected by WhoScored.
Everton’s upcoming Carabao Cup trip to Sheffield Wednesday must, therefore, be the fixture Davies has his eyes fixed on to impress Silva, and display the same will and intent to dictate proceedings against a Championship side as he did on the junior international stage.
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