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Everton: Fans laud Tom Davies for role in win over West Ham United

Everton: Fans laud Tom Davies for role in win over West Ham United

Many Everton supporters have taken to social media to laud the role Tom Davies played in the Toffees’ 2-0 win over West Ham United on Saturday.

Davies has been a rarely-seen option this season with just 20 minutes of action in the Premier League after the opening eight games (TransferMarkt), but returned to Marco Silva’s starting line-up for the first time since February, as Fabian Delph watched on with a hamstring injury and Morgan Schneiderlin sat out in place of Andre Gomes.

Whether Davies would have been included in Silva’s plans had Delph not failed his late fitness test is up for debate, but fans have been lauding the Liverpool-born midfielder’s efforts after he brought an excellent defensive presence to the side that could also transition play into the attack.

The 21-year-old’s heatmap from the game showed Davies recording touches in each penalty area, and displaying a heavy presence on the right-hand side of the pitch as he recorded a total of 52 touches during his 5.1% share of possession, per WhoScored data.

Davies put his time in control of the ball to solid use with 40 attempted passes, 34 of which found a teammate and 33 of which were marked as pushing play up the field. He also attempted one shot on goal that was on target, and was never dispossessed by an opponent.

The England U21 international did receive a ‘silly’ yellow card as one supporter noted, though, after he prodded the ball away to deny West Ham the chance to take a quick free-kick shortly before the break.

But many Everton fans were impressed by Davies’ efforts in his first league start of the term, and feel he has given Silva a selection headache going forward.

Here are some of the messages shared reflecting on his performance against the Hammers…

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